4 Nov 2013

'They'll listen to offers' - BR wants £10m star who 'followed LFC' as a child.

Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Marseille attacker Andre Ayew, who is also being monitored by Newcastle United.

According to The Mirror today:

"Marseille are eady to cash in on [Andre] Ayew with both Liverpool and Newcastle interested.

"Ayew has 18 months left on his contract and Marseille acknowledge that this is the time to sell"

This follows a recent report in French newspaper L'Equipe , which claimed:

* Liverpool, Everton and (inevitably) Tottenham are monitoring Ayew.
* Marseille are willing to let him leave, but only for €12m.

When quizzed about his future in March, 23-year-old Ayew revealed a preference for Liverpool, and urged Premier League clubs to get in touch with Marseille President Vincent Labrune about a possible transfer. He told French TV programme Telefoot:

"It [The Premier league] is a league I always think of. I am Ghanaian and an English speaker, and I have a strong preference for England. As for Liverpool - I have followed them as a child. I am not seeking to leave but if interested clubs have the number of [Marseille] president [Vincent] Labrune..."

Ayew made similar remarks over the summer, when he told reporters:

"The club have made it clear if they they will listen to good offers for me, but I will not go just to please the club, I will go to a club that wants to win trophies"

Ayew has been linked with a move to Anfield on several occasions over the last couple of years, and in June 2011, the Liverpool Echo reported that Kenny Dalglish wanted to sign the striker.

As is usually the case, the stumbling block could be the transfer fee: Ayew recently signed a one year contract extension until 2015 with a release clause of €18 million. There's no way the Ghanaian would go for anywhere near that amount though (IMO). Indeed, if QPR only paid £8m for the far more prolific Loic Remy, Ayew would surely be available for much less than that.

Ayew's versatility probably makes him an appealing option for Brendan Rodgers. He can play as a winger, or a striker, and with Liverpool possibly needing cover in both positions, there's an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. Is he prolific enough, though? Stats for the last few years:

* 2010-11: 13 goals/3 assists in 51 appearances.
* 2011-12: 16 goals/4 assists in 39 apps.
* 2012-13: 13 goals/5 assists in 45 apps.
* This season so far: 3 goals/1 assist in 13 apps.
* Three year total: 45 goals/13 assists in 155 apps.
* Goal/Assist every 2.6 games

Another possible option?

Jaimie Kanwar


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