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Report says Jerry Akaminko agrees deal with Real Salt Lake

A Ghanaian outlet is reporting that RSL's trialist has agreed a deal with the team.

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Jerry Akaminko, a 27-year-old Ghanaian center back, may have agreed a deal to join Real Salt Lake, if a report from is accurate.

That report has yet to be confirmed by RSL Communications. They were able to confirm verbal discussions, however — and this would be a natural next step in the process.

Akaminko has been on trial with Real Salt Lake for the past week, having appeared in last week's friendly against Portland Timbers as well as in the team's match against South Korean club Seongnam FC.

Most notably on the world stage, Akaminko was seriously injured in a pre-2014 World Cup match pitting Ghana against the Netherlands; he broke his ankle and was out of commission for a year before returning for the club he signed for in 2012, Turkish side Eskişehirspor.

Akaminko canceled his contract with Eskişehirspor after a dispute over unpaid wages; FIFA is apparently involved in that dispute, with there being some claims that he had canceled his contract because of fitness concerns.

Real Salt Lake general manager Craig Waibel has been active in attempting to sign a center back, and it looks like that might have come to a conclusion.

We are actively seeking confirmation from RSL Communications, who did confirm that the club was involved in verbal discussions regarding a contract. As recently as Sunday, a deal had not been reached, with that match likely serving as another avenue of evaluation.