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Three Ghana targets up for first European caps

13:31 BST 29/08/2017
Timothy Fosu-Mensah of Manchester United
Fosu-Mensah, Austria’s Kevin Danso and Wales’ Ethan Ampadu are in line for their first international senior appearances

Ghana’s chances of landing Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah are gradually fading as the youngster has been called up to the Netherlands’ senior squad for upcoming games against France and Bulgaria.

The 19-year-old, currently on loan at Crystal Palace, has been a long target of Ghana FA, which have confirmed making contacts with the player for a possible nationality switch.

Born to Ghanaian parents in Amsterdam, the utility man has until now played for the Dutch national youth teams, but a lack of competitive senior outing has kept Ghana in the race.

He was initially named in the Dutch under-21 squad for upcoming matches against England and Scotland.

However, an injury to right-back Kenny Tete in the senior team has prompted the call-up of Fosu-Mensah as replacement.

Oranje take on France and Bulgaria on August 31 and July 3 in the 2018 World Cup qualifying.

If the youngster does make an appearance in any of the two games, it will effectively crash the Black Stars’ desire of winning over the former Ajax trainee.

Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah is keen on having Fosu-Mensah in his fold, with the likes of Netherlands under-21 defender Derrick Luckassen, Spain youth star Inaki Williams, German-born Gideon Jung and Italy under-21 right-back Claud Adjapong also all on the radar of the 57-year-old.

The Black Stars are also on the verge of missing out on another target as Augsburg’s Kevin Danso has been handed another senior call-up by Austria, having failed to earn a cap on his maiden invite in May.

The 18-year-old could make his debut against Wales on September 2 or Georgia three days later in the World Cup qualifiers.

Uncapped new Chelsea recruit Ethan Ampadu, 16, has likewise earned another call-up to Wales’ senior side after receiving his first invite in May.

Also eligible to represent Ireland and Ghana, Ampadu could end the international tussle for his services when Chris Coleman’s outfit face Austria on September 2 or Moldova three days later in World Cup qualifying.