The Ukrainian league is packed with talented young players these days, with rising stars like Willian and Fernandinho high on the agenda of several top European clubs. Another such talent is Ghanaian right back Samuel Inkoom, who is being linked with a move to Chelsea and Liverpool. talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight has the details...
Name: Samuel Inkoom
Date of birth: 1 June 1989
Birthplace: Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana
Honours: FIFA U20 World Cup (2009), Swiss Super League (2010), Swiss Cup (2010)
International: 37 (Ghana)
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Considered one of the most promising young Ghanaian talents, Samuel Inkoom made a surprise move to Dnipro in Ukraine from FC Basel in 2011. In his first season with Dnipro, Iknoom made 18 appearances for the side, but this season he has been frozen out by boss Juande Ramos, playing only 26 minutes of football. As a result his agent says he's looking for a move elsewhere, with Liverpool and Chelsea some of the big teams linked with his signature.
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1) Primarily a right-back, though also capable of playing on the wing, Inkoom's youth career started at SC Adelaide in Ghana and after four years he moved on to the youth ranks of Sekondi Hasaacas, with whom he made his senior debut in 2007.
2) In 2008 Inkoom saw on the move on again, this time to Asante Kotoko, the most successful team in Ghana with 22 league title wins. Over the course of the season he spent there, Inkoom made 26 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals and earning his first Ghana call up in the process. His strong displays that year even led to links with Barcelona.
3) FC Basel signed Inkoom for around £400,000 in 2009, and he went on to make his debut against FC St Gallen on 12 July 2009. Inkoom played for Basel 43 times over two seasons, winning a league and cup double with them in the 2009/10 campaign. He made his Champions League debut while at Basel in a 1-0 win over Tiraspol in August 2010.
4) After two strong seasons with Basel, it was somewhat inevitable that Inkoom would move on from the Swiss club, but few would have foretold his destination. The defender joined former Sevilla and Spurs manager Juande Ramos at Ukranian side Dnipro in 2011, and though his first season there started well, things have recently turned sour. Inkoom was due to play for Ghana in 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, but after Ramos initially refused to release him, the player eventually convinced him by forfeiting part of his salary. Since then, Ramos has relegated him to the bench, with Inkoom now likely to leave the club.
5) Inkoom has an excellent international pedigree, winning the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup with his nation after scoring a penalty in a shoot-out final win against Brazil. At senior level his success has continued, playing in the 2010 World Cup for Ghana in their last-16 win over USA. At 23, he has already made 37 appearances for the Black Stars.
“Samuel is not happy with his situation at Dnipro, because it's not acceptable for a player of his calibre. We are talking about a very talented young player who has represented Ghana more than 30 times. Clearly, the only solution for him now is to move to a European club where he can play an important role and succeed.” Inkoom's agent Christian Emile.
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