Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng joins Ukraine's Dnipro

Ghana's Derek Boateng
Ghana's Derek Boateng has joined Ukrainian side Dnipro from Spanish club Getafe

Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng has joined Ukrainian side Dnipro, signing a four-year deal.

The 28-year-old moves from Spanish side Getafe for a transfer fee of US$8.5 million.

Boateng was being courted by English side West Brom but opted for Dnipro in search of European competition.

"I was in London last week to speak to a Premier League side but the deal with Dnipro gives me the chance of playing in Europe," Boateng told BBC Sport.

"It is the reason why I chose Dnipro and I know they are an ambitious club and I am also ambitious."

Dnipro signed the Ghanaian to augment their squad ahead of their participation in a Europa League play-off.

They finished fourth in the league last season and Boateng is confident he can win laurels in the Ukraine.

The international joins his Black Stars team-mate Samuel Inkoom at the club, coached by former Tottenham coach Juande Ramos.

Boateng played 36 matches in his two-year stay with Getafe, scoring two goals.

He has played for several clubs in Europe including Greek side Panathinaikos, FC Cologne, and AIK Solna of Sweden.