Toure reveals why Kotoko refused to sign Hearts' Gnagne

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The Porcupine Warriors former striker has opened up on why the club failed to sign the Phobians defender

Bechem United striker Amed 'Simba' Toure has revealed that Asante Kotoko declined an opportunity to sign Hearts of Oak captain Robin Gnagne in 2010 because the club's top hierarchy believed he was too 'fat and can't run' during matchdays.

Gnagne, 26, who arrived in Ghana from Cote d'Ivoire as a free agent, later joined RedBull Academy now Wafa before signing a three-year deal with Hearts in 2012.

Reports in the local media now suggest that Kotoko have added Gnagne to their wishlist ahead of next season aside Thomas Abbey and Winful Kwaku Cobbinah.

"I brought Robin Gnagne to Kumasi and recommended him to Kotoko technical team but things didn't work as planned," Toure told Metro FM.

"They told me Gnagne is too fat and can’t run during games. I even wanted him to have a trial with the U-20 side even if they will not sign him to the senior team but they rejected him.

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“I later linked him to Red Bull Academy in Ghana before he signed for Accra Hearts of Oak in 2011,” he added.

Gnagne signed a one season contract extension with the Phobians last three months.

Goal understands that Gnagne may be playing his last season in the GPL after attracting interests from Europe.