Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak are desperate to tie down striker Joseph Esso to a new deal, according to a report filed by Sunyani-based Nimdee FM.
Esso, 23, joined the former African champions in 2018 winter on a three-year-contract and has approximately 6 months left to see out the rest of the contract period.
The former Ghana U23 striker’s representatives from Heritage Soccer Agency have engaged Hearts on a couple of occasions in a bid to reach a deal for a fresh contract to be signed but nothing fruitful has emerged from it.
Esso shot himself into prominence with his diamond-gilded performances for the 2004 CAF Confederation Cup title-winners and most fans are eager to see him commit his future to their darling club by signing a fresh deal.
Ghana Sports Online don’t have details on what is stalling the deal but speculative reports have it down to disagreement over the sum involved in the new contract.
According to Richard Ntow Gyan, a broadcast journalist with impeccable inside sources within Hearts, the club’s hierarchy have taken the steps to renew the contract of the striker before it runs out but they have a few hurdles to cross which Ghana Sports Online understand to be the disagreement on the contract sum.
Hearts signed Esso from Ebusua Dwarfs in 2018 after he had bagged 8 goals in 25 appearances in the 2016/17 season for the Crabs who are also known as the Mysterious Club.
The forward has been keenly followed by a number of foreign clubs with a number of North African clubs as well as European clubs reportedly expressing interest in him.
The situation might get murky for Hearts if they fail to tie him down to a new deal before December 2020 as a number of clubs continue to knock at his door with a free transfer a huge possibility – a move that could financially benefit the player and his representatives but a loss to Hearts.
The Phobians have purchased Nigerian international striker Ademola Kuti as well as long-term target Abednego Tetteh are both center forwards but Esso’s energy-driven style of play sets him apart from the two and also maintains a different dimension to their attack compared to the two who are regarded as mere finishers.
Hearts also want to sign winger Ibrahim Salifu from Techiman XI Wonders.
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