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18.03.2008 Sports News

Pimpong Joins Aalesund

By Daily Guide
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Ghana striker Razak Pimpong has joined a Norwegian Premier League side Aalesund ahead of the start of the new season.

The 25-year-old moves from rival Tappaligaen giants Viking on loan until the end of the season.

Pimpong says he has made the move to get regular playing time in the Norwegian league.

"I am keen on playing first team football that is why I opted to go on loan to Aalesund," Pimpong told Ghanasoccernet.

"It is important that I compete among the best and sitting on the bench is not the way to do it."

Pimpong has scored twice in 11 appearances for Viking since joining them for Danish giants FC Copenhagen last year.

His move to Aalesund will ensure more playing time in the Norwegian league that starts next week.

He is expected to revert to Viking at the end of the season as he is contracted until 2010.

In another development, Ghanaian midfielder Anthony Annan has joined Norwegian giants Stabaek on a special loan deal that will see him leave the club when the transfer window for the major leagues in Europe opens.

The 21-year-old was released by his relegated club IK Start ahead of the start of the country's top league next week.

His loan deal to Staebaek will enable him get playing time at the top level before a likely move away from Norway in June.

Annan was one of the successes at the recent African Cup of Nations, igniting interest from clubs across Europe.

Several clubs including Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and a host of French clubs are in talks to sign him.

The severe winter in Norway means the country's top league can only start in March unlike the other major leagues in Europe.

This means Annan has to wait until the new transfer window in the major leagues of Europe open in June before he is able to complete a move.

His signing for Stabaek will ensure that he is in good shape when he joins a top club.

Stabaek finished second in the league last season and will play in the Uefa Cup next term.

Michael Essien has recommended Annan and told Blues boss Avram Grant to sign up his fellow midfield player before he is netted by another top European club.

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