Ghana Football Association (GFA) president Kurt Okraku has revealed that the FA is aiming high to woo the England-born Brighton and Hove Albion player for a change of international allegiance.
The 20-year-old has been on the radar of the Black Stars since making his first-team breakthrough at Chelsea last season. A series of fine performances for Brighton in the Premier League this term has heightened the chase for his services.
Born to Ghanaian parents in London, he currently represents England at U21 level.
“We are following every top Ghanaian talent you may have seen on your screens,” Okraku told Hello FM.
“Someone like Tariq Lamptey. We have been speaking with his family, to make sure that having identified him as a top talent we will bring him to represent our country.”
“In the same vein, other people are also talking to him and his family to represent another country [England].”
“The national team is for Ghanaians. It doesn’t mean only those who reside in Ghana, but every Ghanaian across the world.”
“For which reason, it would be suicidal for us not to search everywhere in the world to find the right talents for Ghana,” he added.
Lamptey is not the only England-born player in the plans of Ghana as Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has also been approached by the GFA.
Ghana is also currently in the process of completing a nationality switch for former Netherlands youth centre-back Derrick Luckassen and erstwhile France U20 fullback Enock Kwateng who have both agreed to represent the Black Stars.
The GFA is also trying to persuade Anderlecht winger Francis Amuzu and Ajax Amsterdam young striker Brian Brobbey to take up an international future with the Black Stars, to leave Belgium and the Netherlands respectively.
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