By Will Butcher

West Brom are weighing up a bid for Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew, according to a report.

ESPN claim that the Premier League side are keeping close tabs on the forward after losing attacking duo Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe.

It is said that West Brom are ready to test Roberto Di Matteo’s resolve to keep the Ghana international, who is the brother of West Ham-bound Andre Ayew.

L’Equipe have reported that the 24-year-old is also a target of French side Lorient and that striker Ayew wants to leave the Championship outfit.

However, former Chelsea manager Di Matteo will only allow his striker to leave if they can recoup almost all of the £9million Tim Sherwood paid for him last summer.

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The Champions League winning manager 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.

The Villa hierarchy, led by owner Tony Xia, have claimed they will not cash in on Aye, who has four years still remaining on the five-year contract he signed in July last year.

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 last season.

The versatile former Marseille attacker netted seven goals in all competitions but was unable to prevent his side from relegation.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, this midfielder is set to move to Italy after finalising the latter part of his transfer.