Heavily linked with a move to Birmingham City in the last few weeks of the summer transfer window, Afriyie Acquah ended up eventually staying at Torino for a number of reasons.

First of all, it seems the Blues’ bid wasn’t as high as first reported, causing the Serie A side to decide against accepting a lower offer just because the player wanted the move.

Then came the struggle to replace him, with a move for Bologna’s Godfred Donsah seemingly lined up, but never materialising.

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Now that his move to St Andrew’s isn’t in the news anymore, Torino are prepping the next assault from England for their midfielder, and a new contract is on its way, according to the player’s agent.

Speaking to Tuttosport, he said: “His dream is to play in the Premier League, but for now he is very tied to Torino, and is ready to renew his contract. Urbano Cairo, the club’s president, has already come forward to discuss the new deal. We’ll start talking about it next week”.

So, Harry Redknapp’s vision of a Birmingham City midfield partnership of Cheikh N’Doye and Afriyie Acquah isn’t dead in the water yet.

It’s just, they’ll have to pay more money and hopefully be in the Premier League in order to get it done, it seems.