Asante Kotoko were very close to signing well-travelled Burkina Faso striker Aristide Bancé until he ditched the Ghanaian giants.
The 33-year-old opted for a return to the land of his birth Abidjan to sign for Ivorian giants ASEC Mimosas in November 2016.
“He swerved us to sign for ASEC and later started looking back at us,” an impeccable source who was privy to negotiations to sign the striker few days into the administration of the Dr. Kwame Kyei-led Asante Kotoko leadership revealed Footy-Ghana.com.
But after only eight months with ASEC, Aristide Bancé was lured by a tempting offer from Egypt Premier League side Al-Masry.
In July this year, Bancé agreed to a two-year deal and was reportedly to be paid $120,000. He hit the ground running, scoring 15 goals in his first six matches. However, Masry has allegedly reneged on their final obligations, forcing the player to threaten a cancellation of his contract.
In the past week, reports emerged in Ghana that Aristide Bancé is heading to Kumasi to complete a move to Asante Kotoko.
Footy-Ghana.com understands that talks about the Burkinabe international immediately joining Asante Kotoko are far-fetched but could be among a tall list of transfer options currently being pursued by the Porcupine Warriors ahead of their continental and domestic campaigns in 2018.
Aristide Bancé has so far enjoyed a 20-club career since beginning with Stade d’Abidjan in 2000. Some of the clubs include Lokeren, Mainz 05, FC Augsburg, HJK Helsinki and others.