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Raphael Dwamena: FC Zurich turn down £8m Brighton bid for Ghana striker

Goal machine, Raphael Dwamena

Premier League side Brighton are in talks to sign exciting Ghana striker Raphael Dwamena from FC Zurich as they look to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new season.

After landing Jose Izquierdo and Soufyan Ahannach, manager Chris Hughton who also has Ghanaian origin is pushing to add another striker with the promising Dwamena firmly in his sights.

Brighton have had an £8million bid turned down for the 21-year-old but the newly-promoted south coast club are reportedly formulating a fresh offer.

“We always have inquiries for him on the table.

“And yes, we currently have an offer from England. But we do not want to give him for sporting reasons,” FC Zurich President Ancillo Canepa said.

The FCZ boss added the club is not under any financial challenge that could push them to sell but could only be lured by a much difficult to turn down offer.

“Surely, when a certain scale is reached, one has to make it as a Swiss club some time for economic reasons. So I do not want to exclude a sale. But so far there was no offer in a financial position where I would be nervous.”

And further, “we have no economic need to surrender to Dwamena,” Capena insisted.

After scoring 18 goals in 20 games for Austrian side Lustenau, Dwamena was signed by Swiss giants FC Zurich in the January transfer window for an estimated 300,000 francs. Now, over six months later, the striker is worth more than 30 times.

In his first half-season spell, the recently capped Ghana international scored 12 times to help Zurich secure promotion to the Swiss topflight. He also scored two goals in the Super League.



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