Newcastle’s Director of Football Joe Kinnear was in France on Saturday to take in the game at Valenciennes when they took on Marseilles, and it was thought that 23 year-old Ghanaian International Andre Ayew was the purpose of the scouting trip.
Andre Ayew was watched on Saturday night by Joe Kinnear
Ayew played the whole game for Marseilles, who finally won the game with an 84th minute goal from striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, who was thought to be a Newcastle target earlier this summer.
The news is in the Daily Mail and they report Newcastle are also interested in the 27 year-old Gignac, an 18 times capped French International, but we’d be surprised if that’s true, since he said earlier in the summer he wanted to join a bigger club than Newcastle – and that should rule him out of a move to Tyneside.
Andre Ayew once had a release clause in his contract of €18M (£15.3M), but that is now said to be obsolete, and his price is around €10M (£8.5M).
It also seems that Marseilles would be ready to sell the Ghanaian, who has played 135 times for Marseilles with 42 goals and 12 assists, and he seems a decent enough player and goalscorer.
Ayew has also played 43 times for Ghana with four goals.
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