Columbus Crew add midfielder Mohammed Abu

The Ghanaian midfielder joins from Norwegian club Stromsgodset IF as a special discovery player.

The Columbus Crew have signed midfielder Mohammed Abu, the team announced Tuesday.

The 25-year-old Ghanaian joins from Stromsgodset IF as "special discovery player", meaning his transfer costs are spread out across the lifetime of the contract. Official terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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“Mohammed is a talented, technical player that we believe will fit well into our system and style of play,” Crew head coach and technical director Gregg Berhalter said in a press release. “Across his experience in Norway, France and Spain, we believe that a combination of his experience, skillset and character will be a good fit for Crew SC. We are glad to have him in Columbus and it is certainly an added bonus that he is familiar with the area as his wife has lived in Central Ohio.”

Abu signed with Manchester City in 2010, but never played with the club, spending the entirety of his contract on loan. He had two different spells with Stromsgodset, from 2010-12, and then from 2014-2016, with brief stints with Rayo Vallecano in La Liga and Lorient in Ligue 1.

Most of his career has been spent with Stromsgodset, however, where he scored four goals over the course of his time with the club. He was a regular contributor with the Norweigan side, starting 82 games over the last three seasons.

Abu has been capped twice by Ghana’s national team, though he has not appeared for the side since the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

The midfielder is the second Ghanaian player to join the Crew this offseason after Jonathan Mensah signed in early January. Mensah and Crew fullback Harrison Afful are currently with Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations.