Ernst Middendorp has been named as a 'middle man' in a proposed deal that will see a prior Kaizer Chiefs target move from Ghana to the Bundesliga.
Various publications from Ghana are reporting that SC Frieburg have opened talks to sign Franck Mbella Etouga from Asante Kotoko, with Middendorp named as a reference in the proposed transfer.
Based on his experience in Africa, Middendorp is a trusted opinion on players from the continent for the German market.
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In his last German Bundesliga job at Arminia Bielefeld, he had three South Africans in Rowen Fernandez, Siyabonga Nkosi and Sibusiso Zuma under his tutelage.
Middendorp previously coached Asante Kotoko in what was his first job on the continent at the turn of the new millennium.
He also had two stints with Chiefs the last of which was two years ago when AmaKhosi surrendered their title challenge on the last day.
Freiburg have now become the latest club to be linked with the Cameroonian forward.
He recently looked set for an R26 million move to Italian Serie A club Udinese Calcio, but that transfer has reportedly collapsed.
Chiefs failed in their attempts to land Etouga after he scored 21 goals in the Ghana Premier League last season while playing for Asante Kotoko.
Amakhosi tabled an offer for Etouga which was not accepted with both club and player keen on a move to Europe.
Chiefs then abandoned that option and have since then had Burundian Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana as they seek to find a new man to lead their attack after they released Samir Nurkovic, Leonardo Castro, and Lazarous Kambole at the end of last season.
Such has been their hunt for a ‘new nine’ that they are still searching for up to now.