Porto boss hails Waris’ quality after loan switch

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Sergio Conceicao talks about the Dragons’ new signing

Porto Manager Sergio Conceicao is excited about their acquisition of Lorient striker Abdul Majeed Waris.

The Ghana international completed a move to the Portuguese club on Friday, joining on a six-month loan deal.

“He [Waris] is a player I know from the French League; was in the first division,” Conceicao said, according to his club’s official website.

“I appreciate his quality and that is why he came here to try to help us and to provide one more option.”

Waris came close to joining French top tier side Caen, but Porto’s late bid was enough to force a detour.

The loan move includes a buyout clause worth €6 million, according to French club Lorient.

As replacement for compatriot Jordan Ayew, who swapped the French top division for the English Premier League, Lorient acquired Waris on a three-year deal worth €5 million from Turkish side Trabzonspor in 2015.

The 26-year-old netted nine times in 35 appearances, involving 31 starts, last season, but his effort was not enough to save Les Merlus from relegation.

In a brief loan spell at Valencienne during the second half of season 2013-14, the former Right to Dream Academy trainee scored nine times in 16 league appearances on loan from Russian outfit Spartak Moscow.

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The attacker’s biggest achievement though, came in 2013 when he was adjudged the best player as well as the top scorer after hitting 23 goals in 29 games for Swedish side Hacken, after which he joined Spartak.

A Black Star, Waris was a member of Ghana’s 23-man squad at the 2014 Fifa World Cup but was limited to a single appearance in Ghana’s 2-1 loss to Portugal after suffering an injury in a pre-tournament friendly game against South Korea.

 

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