Jordan Ayew is surely destined for a move this summer and The Sun report that Southampton are the latest club interested in signing him. The purchase would allow them to add a forward with Premier League pedigree at a low cost.
Ralph Hasenhüttl could bolster his forward options this summer, with the likes of Danny Ings, Shane Long and Charlie Austin all having mixed seasons.
However, it may not be the signing Saints fans want. Ayew also struggled for form this season at Crystal Palace and was often used as a back-up option, resulting in just one Premier League goal scored in 20 appearances.
In fact, Ayew has never impressed on the goal-scoring front since his arrival to England in 2015. In four seasons he has scored 24 goals in all competitions, with some of those coming in a six month Championship spell.
Long is much maligned for his lack of goals but offers a whole lot more, which begs the question as to why Southampton would make Ayew a key target.
Ayew would likely be offloaded at a low cost – he’s recently been valued at just £4million – allowing Saints greater room to manoeuvre in the transfer market. For example, they could still go after Ademola Lookman, who was recently linked by The Independent.
Furthermore, Hasenhüttl has built his brand on quick, attacking football and Ayew suits this style. He is a flexible forward who makes clever runs beyond the defence and drifts wide – opening up space for the likes of Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse. If he could form a partnership with Long or Ings, Saints could transform into a real attacking force that doesn’t spend next season fighting relegation.
Snapping up the Ghanaian early doors could also prove beneficial. With a pre-season under his built and an understanding of Hasenhüttl’s playing style, he could prove to be a real coup.