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West Ham close in on (another) free transfer

Filed: Thursday, 8th February 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham have been linked with a move for Ghana international Daniel Opare, who is available on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old defender - whose contract was due to expire in the summer and was already being monitored by West Ham - was unusually sacked by German club Augsberg, who promptly withdrew their offer of a contract extension after it was revealed the player had held unsanctioned meetings with Bundesliga rivals Schalke.

And now the £3million-rated international is said to be closing in on a free transfer move to West Ham, having also been linked recently with the likes of Leicester and Everton.

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Opare, a right back by trade saw his contract terminated last weekend, after his club revealed they had taken the unusual step due to "gross indiscipline and dishonesty". Augsberg added that he had consistently lied with regards to his future position.

"FC Augsburg stands for values such as down-to-earthness, teamwork, reliability and honesty," read a club statement. "Recently, Daniel Opare has repeatedly violated these values.

"For this reason, the FCA has withdrawn its offer of a contract extension. In addition, the FCA has informed the 27-year-old in a personal meeting that he can look for a new club with immediate effect."

Born in Accra, Opare moved to Europe in 2010 in order to join Real Madrid's reserve team, Castilla. He made a name for himself at Standard Liege in Beligium (2010-14) before joining Porto, where he failed to make an impact.

A loan spell with Besiktas followed before he joined Porto - but after just one season in Portugal he left to join his latest club for an undisclosed fee.

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