By Frank McAvennie

13th Jun, 2021 | 6:00pm

McAvennie shares verdict on Ayew replacing Edouard at Celtic after terms agreed

Frank McAvennie claims Andre Ayew’s wage demands could stop Celtic from making a move for him this summer. 

The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, was impressed with the striker during Swansea’s recent playoff campaign.

On 4th June, Swansea announced Ayew will leave the club as a free agent this summer upon the expiry of his contract.

Ayew, 31, has been at Swansea since 2018 though he spent one year on loan at Fenerbehce.

Before that, he was at West Ham, where he scored nine goals in 43 appearances.

Last season he scored 16 Championship goals before curling home an effort in the Swans’ first leg playoff win against Barnsley.

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The Hoops are in need of a new striker after Football Insider revealed on 8th June that Odsonne Edouard has agreed personal terms with Leicester and told friends he is set to leave Parkhead.

McAvennie wasn’t convinced by Ayew when he was a West Ham player but wouldn’t have a problem if Celtic signed him.

“He didn’t do too well at West Ham,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He’s done better at Swansea when he plays upfront as part of a two. He did alright in the playoffs. 

“He scored a great goal in the first leg. He’s getting on a bit though. Is he going to come in on those wages?

“I’m not sure Celtic will sanction that if he’s demanding a high wage.

“It’s a name, he’s going to be free. I’m not really for or against it. If he comes, great. 

“If he doesn’t, fine. We’ll get someone else.”

Ayew is the Ghana captain and has represented his country on 94 occasions.

He also spent eight years at Marseille before moving to England.

In other news, Celtic “already have a striker lined up” to replace exit-bound Odsonne Edouard