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Wolves strengthen backline with Ofosu-Ayeh signing

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Wolves have completed the signing of Ghanaian defender Phil Ofosu-Ayeh on a three-year deal.

The 25-year-old full-back, who was born in Germany but made his debut for the Black Stars in 2015, will arrive officially on Saturday as a free agent when his contract at 2. Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig expires.

Ofosu-Ayeh is the second defender signed by new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo since he took over at Molineux at the end of May, with ex-Norwich centre-back Ryan Bennett also joining the club.

Speaking about Wolves’ latest recruit, sporting director Kevin Thelwell told the club website: “We’ve spent a lot of time looking at players abroad and 2. Bundesliga is a very strong league.

“He [Ofosu-Ayeh] is a player that we’ve watched for some time and we think that he’ll bring with him a lot of experience and a lot of quality in the right back position.

“The quality and the size of the German leagues is huge, the size of the fanbases at all of the clubs there are pretty outstanding and it’s an enviroment that’s as close to England as you can imagine.

“I’ve got no worries that he will be able to come in here and hit the ground running.”

Ofusu-Ayeh has spent his entire career playing in the lower reaches of German football, representing the likes of FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt, MSV Duisburg 33 and VfR Aalen before joining Braunschweig in May 2015.

He made 20 appearances during his time in Saxony, but with the club just missing out on promotion to the Bundesliga last season as they eventually finished third in the second tier, Ofusu-Ayeh left for a new challenge.

“For me it was always a dream to play in England,” explained the defender.

“Now I’ve seen everything here, I know that it’s a very big club and a traditional club. I’m very happy that I have the chance to play here.

“I’m very excited about everything – the club, the fans and my team mates so I’m ready for my journey here.”

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