West Bromwich Albion appear to have turned their attention to a new target ahead of Friday’s domestic deadline…
According to the Daily Mail, Swansea City forward Andre Ayew has emerged as a late option for several Premier League teams, including the Baggies and Brighton & Hove Albion.
His brother Jordan Ayew currently plies his trade for fellow top-flight rivals Crystal Palace, so perhaps a reunion in the big time is soon on the horizon.
The 30-year-old has been ever-present for the Championship outfit this term but manager Steve Cooper faces an anxious wait until Friday evening to see if they have kept hold of their star man.
This is an interesting twist for Albion as they’ve been pursuing Huddersfield Town’s Karlan Grant, who is thought to be Slaven Bilic’s no.1 target, all summer.
However, the finances involved in that swoop has proven to be the main stumbling block, particularly as the Terriers are asking for a total of £18m and the Midlanders are only prepared to loan him for the season for £5m and then pay the remaining £13m should they stave off relegation.
Ayew could well be a desperately late alternative with Watford’s Troy Deeney also mooted recently (The Sun via BirminghamLive).
Bilic has some familiarity with the Swansea key man as the Croatian once signed him at West Ham for a whopping £20m, which was a club-record at the time.
Last season, the veteran delivered 16 goals and seven assists whilst averaging 2.6 shots, 2.1 dribbles and 0.9 key passes per game and that form has continued into this season with the Swans remaining unbeaten. Ayew has contributed to two goals in four matches, via WhoScored.
Even though this move would smack of desperation, it’s clearly one that would make a ton of sense given Ayew’s experience in the top-flight (89 PL appearances) and Bilic’s history with him.