Newcastle are being linked with 23 year-old Marseilles winger/striker Andre Ayew, and Joe Kinnear was supposed to have been watching the player on Saturday night as Marseilles beat Valenciennes 1-0 away.
Andre Ayew – 23 year-old Newcastle target
Andre is the son of the former three times winner of the African Footballer of the year Abedi Pele, and his younger brother, 21 year-old Jordan also plays at Marseilles, and the other brother Ibrahim (25) currently plays for Belgian club Lierse SK.
The news was that Newcastle were tracking Andre, but we suppose there’s a chance that Newcastle were after his younger brother Jordan or even both brothers – you never know.
But no – Newcastle don’t have that kind of ambition – it must be one or the other – we were getting carried away a bit.
News today that West Brom are interested in Jordan but apparently no bid has yet been made, and they may even try to do a loan deal for the youngster, but West Brom may need a striker brought in after Nicolas Anelka’s agent died last week, and the French International could be considering retirement from the game.
Jordan Ayew - 21 year-old striker at Marseilles
From what we’ve seen of the two brothers either one would be a decent buy for Newcastle, with Andre being rated at around £10M, but Jordan may be a better buy and he’s also a couple of years younger.
Andre was named in December of 2011 as the BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2011, and there are reports that Liverpool may also be interested in the winger/striker.
21 year-old Jordan plays as a striker and last season in 47 appearances for Marseilles he scored 10 goals, and his 23 year-old brother scored 13 goals in 45 appearances – almost identical records.
Director of Football Joe Kinnear has to bring in at least one striker this week, and maybe also a central midfielder if Yohan Cabaye gets his wish to leave Newcastle, and the Frenchman has even decided to go on strike, to try to force through a move to Arsenal.
It looks like it’s touch and go as to whether Newcastle will be able to get anybody through the door before a week tomorrow, when the transfer window is over, given the distinct lack of success the Tyneside club has had in this summer’s transfer window.
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