Transfers of Monday, 29 October 2012
Dutch side Twente Enschede have completed the signing of the highly talented Ghanaian teenager Shadrach Kwesi Eghan on a bumper deal.
The 18-year-old midfielder was handed what is thought to be one of the biggest contracts for teenagers in the history of Dutch football.
Eghan, blessed with sublime skills and exquisite passing, signed a contract for 4½ years which will end on 30 June 2017.
The player who spent some time with Ghana's U20 side Black Satellites two years ago will earn 240, 000 Euros annually for the contract which starts on 1 January, 2013.
"I am happy to take that forward step with FC Twente," Eghan said after sealing the deal.
"Last year I had some training sessions at the club and from the first day I had a good feeling about FC Twente. I want to develop further and look forward to the new year. "
The deal will be updated if he plays regularly for the top-flight side of the club as they aware that other clubs in Europe are keen on the talented player. Twente officials have hailed Eghan's versatility as the teenager has played in his favoured central midfield role, on each flank, at full-back and also in a free role behind the striker while on trials with the club.
Twente's ex-coach Steve McClaren, who asked the club to sign the Ghanaian last year when he saw him, has earmarked Eghan as 'Africa's star of the future.' Twente Enschede offered the deal to the silky midfielder despite the huge financial implications for the club.
Eghan has earned the big contract because of the stringent rules for signing young foreign players in Holland.
The huge price tag on his contract is because of the salary requirements for non-EU players.
Players from outside the EU, who are not yet 21, must have a minimum annual salary of 229,000 Euros to be able to secure a work permit to play in the Netherlands.
With other clubs in Europe are keen on offering him a better deal, Twente showed how highly they value the youngster who is regarded as the 'new Xavi', referring to Barcelona’s exquisite ball passer.
The Akosombo-born talented playmaker is the latest off the Ghana midfield production line.
He will be a useful addition to Ghana's current U20 side Black Satellites who will be fighting to win the Africa Youth Championship title early next year. Eghan started his career at the Golden Boot Soccer Academy in Akosombo in 2006 as a child.
Four years later academy president Nana Kwasi 'Prof' Darlyn took him to Sweden in 2010 for a tournament where he was spotted by Twente Eghan is expected to be part of the next generation of Ghanaian players to light up the top leagues of Europe.