Ghana’s Ernest Nuamah becomes Lyon’s new record signing

Ghana’s Ernest Nuamah becomes Lyon’s new record signing
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Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Lyon have broken their transfer record to snap up Ghana Black Stars youngster Ernest Nuamah from FC Nordsjaelland.

Lyon will acquire the services of the Ghanaian on an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy for a total package of €30 million (€25 million fixed plus a further €5 million in add-ons), eclipsing the €25 million they paid to land Jeff Reine-Adelaide back in 2019.

Nuamah has already passed his medical examination ahead of a move to the Groupama Stadium, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract.

His arrival comes as a much-needed boost to Lyon off the back of a rough start to the season, which has seen them lose each of their opening two matches.

Nuamah will hope to hit the ground running with his new employers in Sunday’s encounter versus OGC Nice, where he will be expected to make his debut.

Why Lyon broke the bank for Ernest Nuamah

Ernest Nuamah in action for Ghana Black Stars
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Lyon’s decision to break the bank on Ernest Nuamah will come as a big surprise to many, but Nuamah could prove to be a bargain in the long run.

The 19-year-old netted 15 goals across all competitions last season and consequently picked up the Danish Superliga Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

Ernest Nuamah has picked up where he left off, having scored five goals in his four league games this term with an impressive efficiency of spurning no clear-cut opportunity so far.

Despite a wonderful campaign from Alexandre Lacazette last time out, the Frenchman is already approaching the twilight of his career, leaving Lyon in search of a long-term replacement.

Based on the evidence from the last 12 months, Nuamh is showing no signs of slowing down, and he could be the next elite centre-forward to don the Lyon shirt, following in the footsteps of Karim Benzema.

This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago

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