Sky Sports Journalist James Dale has revealed that Birmingham City’s quest to sign Torino and Ghana midfielder Afriyie Acquah has come to an end. The deal is now reportedly off, and the Sky Bet Championship club were willing to break their club-record transfer to snap up the talented 25-year-old.
Torino manager Siniša Mihajlović has included Acquah in his team for both of their Serie A matches this season so far. The club were clearly struggling to determine if they were willing to accept such an attractive offer, however they are now seemingly keen on retaining the player for now. This will come as a big blow to Harry Redknapp, who had set his heart on bringing the combative midfielder to Birmingham.
The player himself had expressed a desire to discuss the move to St Andrews, despite the fact Torino would probably prefer to keep him on board. As such, he was unwilling to submit a transfer request or go down that line to force through a move. He’ll therefore be remaining at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino for the foreseeable future at the very least.
Deals to try and sign Ogenyi Onazi and seemingly Stewart Downing also fell through too, although the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Cohen Bramall, Sam Gallagher and Jeremie Boga have all joined over the past week. Brentford central defender Harlee Dean is primed to join, which then paths the way for Ryan Shotton to finally leave the club and link up with Garry Monk with Middlesbrough.