After being interested in the player for more than two years,there is news that Newcastle have pulled out of the race to sign Marseilles Ghana International forward Andre Ayew, who will become a free agent at the end of this month.
Multiple top clubs have already offered him terms this year, and it was always very unlikely he would be arriving at Newcastle, who very rarely play in Europe these days, and Andre is used to playing in Europe.
Andre Ayew – not coming to Newcastle
John Carver had let it be known earlier this year, when he was trying to cheer up Newcastle fans after a poor run of results, that Newcastle were going after some top players this summer, and Andre could have been one of them, but if we have no chance of signing these players then going after them means nothing at all.
That could be a big problem for the Magpies this summer – our targets are not interested in joining the club.
The reason Newcastle have pulled out seems to be he was poor value for money, and with around ten clubs having made him offers already, we can only assume his wages and signing on fee were too high.
Newcastle were supposed to have offered him a £2M signing on fee earlier this year and £30K/week in tax-free wages – and that made him expensive.
So even so-called free agents these days can be very expensive – especially if they shop themselves around like Andre and his agent have done since January.
Andre has been a very good player for both Marseilles and Ghana and in the last five years, and while he’s been at Marseilles since 2010, he’s played 207 games with 60 goals and 25 assists, and this season he scored 10 Ligue 1 goals in just 28 appearances.
Andre also has 62 caps with 11 goals and he had both a good World Cup last summer in Brazil, and a Good Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Equatorial New Guinea earlier this year.
Ayew would have been a good signing for us, but we were always outsiders to get him to Tyneside.