Premier League side eye Aston Villa striker (not Gestede) - report
By Will Butcher
Aston Villa could lose a second striker this month as Swansea are plotting a move to sign Jordan Ayew, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the Welsh side will test Villa’s resolve for keeping hold of the 25-year-old, with the Midlands giants also set to sell Rudy Gestede to Middlesbrough after accepting a £6million offer.
It is reported that Ghana international Ayew has failed to impress manager Steve Bruce, and that could see the former Lorient forward leave just 18 months after joining Villa.
With the Africa Cup of Nations also approaching, Villa could be tempted to cash in and use the money spent on Ayew to reinvest in their strike force.
Swansea allowed Jordan’s brother Andre to leave in the summer to West Ham for £20million, and could look at Villa’s Ayew to replace him.
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Bruce has an abundance of strikers available to him at Villa Park, with Ross McCormack, Jonathan Kodjia and Ayew all vying for a place in his first team.
Gabby Agbonlahor, Libor Kozak and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy are also on the books and with plenty of cover, Ayew could be allowed to leave after struggling to impress Bruce since he joined in October.
Since his £10million move from Ligue 1 outfit Lorient, Ayew has scored just 10 goals in 58 league and cup appearances.
Football Insider verdict:
Ayew is one of those players that performs to a much better standard in a side that possess better players. Although there may not be much between the quality of Villa and Swansea’s squad, Ayew could be buoyed by playing with the likes of attacking stars such as Fernando Llorente, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero. If Villa are able to recoup much of the £10million they paid for Ayew back in the summer of 2015, then they would be receiving a good deal for the versatile attacker, especially as he’s now unavailable through January because of the Africa Cup of Nations. With Bruce looking to re-enter the January transfer market to stamp his mark on the Villa squad, money from the sale of Ayew could prove crucial.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Bruce revealed that a new signing is imminent after Villa’s 1-0 loss to Cardiff on Monday.