WalesOnline are reporting today that Newcastle have made a late move to try to sign Swansea winger Andre Ayew.
The Premier League club have left it late with three Turkish clubs Besiktas, Galatasaray, and Fenerbahce also interested.
It had been expected that Besiktas would sign the player until Newcastle made their late move.
Andre and Jordan Ayew earlier this year
Newcastle are reported to want a season-long loan deal with an option to buy the player next summer if things turn out well.
So another loan move points to a shortage of transfer funds at Newcastle.
But Andre may also be on the fringes of being good enough for Newcastle, and a season-long loan deal will allow Rafa to gauge how good the 28-year-old is on Tyneside.
It’s a low-cost move with little risk for Newcastle and Rafa is said to be a fan of the 28-year-old.
The former West Ham and Marseille player only joined Swansea in January for his second spell there but was unable to score a goal in his 12 appearances as the Swans were relegated.
While at West Ham over the last two seasons he played 50 games with 12 goals and 5 assists.
Ayew is a good player who runs hot and cold throughout a season, but under Rafa’s guidance, he could do a decent job on Tyneside.
While he usually plays on the wings, he can also ply up front as a striker.
Ayew will add experience and a bit of class to the squad, and he wants to leave Swansea this summer, and the south Wales club will not stand in his way.
It seems a good option for the player to stay in the Premier League and be coached by Rafa Benitez next season.
Andre has 75 caps for Ghana with 14 goals and is the older brother of Jordan Ayew who we were supposed to be interested in signing earlier this summer.
Jordan is also at Swansea.