By Will Butcher
Hamburg have lodged an £8million bid for Jordan Ayew just two days after Aston Villa owner Tony Xia declared the star striker would not be leaving.
The 24-year-old had previously been linked with a move to French giants Bordeaux, after scoring seven goals last season during Villa’s dismal relegation campaign.
The Daily Mail have reported that Hamburg’s offer would allow Villa to recoup almost all of the £9million they paid Lorient to bring Ayew to Villa Park last summer.
Villa fans’ faith in Xia will now be tested following his claim on Sunday night that Ayew will not be sold this summer.
Ayew was signed from Lorient last summer by Tim Sherwood, and the versatile attacker, who can also operate on the wings has received interest from Premier League side West Ham and Turkish giants Galatasaray according to the report.
Manager Roberto Di Matteo will be hoping his star-striker stays with the Midlands club as they look to secure an instant return to the top flight of English football.
Ayew, who has scored 12 goals for his country in 37 caps, has scored three goals in two games during pre-season after finishing last term as Villa’s leading goalscorer.
Di Matteo has made three signings this summer, bringing in goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, defender Tommy Elphick and former Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola.
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