Sources: Kwadwo Poku sold to Miami FC

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ and CHRISTIAN ARAOS

Kwadwo Poku has been sold to Miami FC of the NASL, multiple sources tell Empire of Soccer.

The news was first reported by New York City FC season-ticket-holder Tevan Costoso on Twitter and later confirmed by Ghana Web.

According to our sources, Miami FC has paid over $500k for the NYCFC playmaker. The deal will also increase Poku’s salary five fold, with the Ghanaian midfielder set to make $300-350k. NYCFC was fielding several offers from a plethora of different teams within MLS and NASL. However, most were told Poku was “untouchable.” Like the purchase of Richie Ryan, Miami FC came with an offer NYCFC could not refuse, allowing for the sale to go through. Poku will be signed with Miami through 2017.

Poku was nearly traded last year to the Philadelphia Union. However, that deal fell through.

Poku burst to MLS stardom with four goals and seven assists last season. However, he struggled to find playing time under Jason Kreis. That trend continued under new head coach Patrick Vieira, as Poku only played 268 minutes this season. He made three starts in 2016 and scored in New York City FC’s draw against Toronto FC May 18.

Of note: Vieira implicitly criticized Poku for his decision-making during New York City FC’s Open Cup loss.

UPDATE: Multiple sources tell EoS Miami paid $700k transfer fee for Poku.