Sodje signs for Tranmere
Dries Merten said the opportunity to play in the Champions
League was a factor in his choice to sign for Napoli, saying it was
a decision from the heart.
The 26-year-old forward joined the Serie A club from PSV
Eindhoven for 9.5million euros (Â£8.2m) after two years
with the Eredivisie side.
Today the Belgian was presented to the press and revealed why he
had joined Rafael Benitez’s team.
He told reporters: “The Champions League is a reason why I came
to Naples. It will be exciting to play at that level.
“I know Serie A is a tough competition. I will do everything to
adapt to Italian football and the language.”
Mertens scored 45 goals in two years at PSV and said the
decision to join Napoli was “a choice from my heart”.
He added: “We have a strong selection of great footballers.
Everyone should act in the interest of the club.
“It’s important for me to come to play but the results of Napoli
“I think Napoli is a very strong team and I hope I can repay the
confidence the club has in me.”
The 33-year-old free agent has plenty of experience in the lower
leagues having featured for the likes of Port Vale, Sheffield
Wednesday, Preston and Scunthorpe.
Sodje’s deal includes the option for a second season, and boss
Ronnie Moore told Rovers’ official website: “I’m pleased to be able
to bring Akpo to Tranmere as he’s a player I’ve been looking at for
“He’s a big, powerful centre forward who leads the line well and
can score goals.
“With Akpo joining Ryan Lowe, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Cole
Stockton at the club we have four good striking options available
now and they all offer us something slightly different.”