Hamburg enter race to sign Ghana's John Mensah

Published on: 05 July 2010

Sunderland are set to face a fight with German giants Hamburg for the permanent signing of Lyon's Ghanaian World Cup star John Mensah.

The Black Cats were always hopeful of tieing the powerful defender down to a long-term contract at the Stadium of Light following his impressive loan spell on Wearside last term.

However, Mensah's excellent World Cup displays with the Black Stars appears to have alerted other European clubs to his availability and it looks like Hamburg could step up their interest.

There are also big-money offers from Qatari side Al Sadd and Turkish giants Galatasaray who are keen to sign the Ghanaian on world-class salary.

As a result French side Lyon are expected to try and auction off their player in order to receive as much money as they possibly can.

And that could put off Black Cats boss Steve Bruce, who was hoping to broker a pay-as-you-play deal given that injury-prone Mensah was restricted to just 20 games last season which is why he refused to immediately stump up the £8million asking price.

In the meantime Mensah's agent Fabien Piveteau has admitted that Mensah would relish the chance to return to Sunderland, but warned of interest from other parties.

He said: "The situation at this moment is very simple. Sunderland would like to keep the player and he would like to stay in England.

"Now it is up to Sunderland to work with Lyon to keep the player and make an agreement for him to go back to England.

"There is other interest in John now because of the World Cup. A very big German club has spoken to Lyon and they are interested in him.

"If it is up to John he will go back to Sunderland because he has a very good relationship with the coach (Steve Bruce) and his family are very settled in England. He found Sunderland a very good place to play. It is a situation for Lyon now, though."


  • Frank
    says: 9 years ago
    dont waste your money on this bull, who can not even stand to take a penalty kick....this guy should never play for ghana again...
  • kwame,accra
    says: 9 years ago
    don't be a fool and talk like a fool frank, in this world even so call big players spoil penalty.and we don't used penalty to access a defender.let me tell he was one of the best defeander in the tournament
  • Dan,accra
    says: 9 years ago
    you frank ,u are the bull what have done or achieve in life.john never mind this people u are a hero be pround
  • Sebastian
    says: 9 years ago
    Hey guys don't hit on Frank. He is hurt like any other Ghanaian. John Mensah is a good player but he needs to work on his temperament. A team cannot have a captain who complains and throws his hands all the time. The penalty kick he took was terrible.
  • Ampadu
    says: 9 years ago
    you all should know that BS elimination from the world cup was base on hard luck or ill fate...u shouldn't blame those boys
  • keith from germany
    says: 9 years ago
    mensah will be earning big sums of money n all the haters will be disappointed. he played a great worldcup irrespective of his penalty.with mensah our defence is so well organised that the opponents cant break through easily. mensah well done n are our hero cuz we appreciate ur hard work for us.
  • sunshine
    says: 9 years ago
    mensah is heroe.BUT WE DON'T NEED MILO ANYMORE
  • Paapa Gyamfi
    says: 9 years ago
    Frank or whatever your name is what have you done for your country? John was an outstanding defender. did you see how he handled the german defenders? Also when it comes to penalty kick its 50/50. you have 50% chance of scoring or missing it. Let me remind you in 1994(AKA Italia 94 world cup) Roberto Baggio who was at that time FIFA best player of the world missed his penalty kick against brazil and they lost the final tournament. so don't say such a hateful words about john mensah
  • yeboah
    says: 9 years ago
    FRANK!! what have you and your family done for GHANA let alone your tribe, idiot, learn to respect. Even you are not able to sex your girlfriend well, like she was complain, learn to perform in bed IDIOT
  • gentle john
    says: 9 years ago
    People like Frank must not be allow to comment on this site,that Frank must tell me what he and his whole family has done for Ghana and Sebastian too is Frank only Ghanaian who is hurt?look we don't have to entertain insults from People like Frank.
  • ghanblackstars
    says: 9 years ago
    if mensah joins hamburg or sunderland he wouldnt play at the euro league neither he would play champions league,thats the only problem. however he did a great job at the world cup. god bless the black stars