Sunday, January 11, 2009
Ex Arsenal target, Appiah, passes medical at Tottenham
Arsene Wenger asked Stephen Appiah to come over to London Colney so that his staff and himself could assess him. This was a few months ago when the captain of Ghana finally relieved himself off the clutches of Fenerbace and became a free agend.
He had just recovered from a botched knee operation in Turkey which, as he claims, had gone wrong leaving him out of action for the best part of ten months.
Since then a lot of clubs had been interested in him including Arsenal who were (are?) still looking for a strong experienced defensive midfielder.
He however flatly refused to go on trial:
“If they want to check me out in terms of fitness that is fine but don’t tell me to get on the field and play for you to see how good I am because even if I am sleeping and I wake up I can play” he said.
Appiah then went on to prove his fitness by playing in Ghana’s last two World Qualifiers.
Well he has in the last two weeks been on trial with Spurs as Harry Redknap, who was keen on signing him during his Portsmouth days, renewed his interest now that Spurs can afford his £60,000 a week wages.
Our sources in Ghana indicate that Appiah has impressed during his trial at Spurs and has undergone a medical this week which he is reported to have passed.
It is reported that doctors have been assessing his blood, heart and more importantly, the knee which has kept him out of action for so long.
It would appear that the only impediment now will be his wage negotiations between Appiah’s agent and Tottenham Hotspur.
He’s expected to sign a contract which ends this season and may be extended if he impresses.