EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Swansea City forward Andre Ayew is a target for Lazio before the close of the European transfer window, Football Insider understands.

The Ghana captain, 29, is back at Swansea this season after spending last term on loan at Fenerbahce in the wake of the Welsh club’s relegation from the Premier League.

A Swansea source has told Football Insider they are aware Serie A giants Lazio have been keeping tabs on Ayew’s situation as they look to strengthen their attacking options before the Italian transfer window shuts next week.

Ayew was a Swansea club-record £18m signing in January 2018 after rejoining from West Ham United, but the club’s fall into the Championship has forced them to cut costs.

The attacker’s future at Swansea has been the subject of speculation all summer while he spearheaded his country’s African Cup of Nations campaign.

The source explained the Championship high flyers are open to offers for high-earning Ayew as they look to trim their wage bill.

Ayew has impressed in recent weeks for Swansea, scoring twice in his first appearance of the season against Northampton in the Carabao Cup and helping the club to an unbeaten start to the campaign in the Championship.

In other Swansea City news, the club is working on deal to sign now-available Nottingham Forest ace.