Swansea City are close to pulling off an incredible swoop for Ghanaian international Andre Ayew with the ex-Marseille attacker set for a medical on Wednesday.
Ayew, a free agent after running his deal with l’OM down, travelled to South Wales on Tuesday to hold talks with the Swans alongside agent Mark McKay.
News of that development was revealed by Harry Redknapp on Twitter when the former West Ham, Spurs and QPR boss announced: “Heard Swansea are close to signing Andre Ayew from Marseille.
“He’s on the way there with his agent Mark Mackay (sic) to do the deal. Good player.”
Those talks are expected to continue into Wednesday and, if concluded in time, Ayew will undergo a medical with the Swans.
Swansea’s purported interest in Ayew was first mooted back in April when sources in France claimed they had set out an attractive package worth 300,000 euros a month – the equivalent of £50,000-a-week.
But it is likely the Swans have in actual fact offered a bumper package far in excess of that to lure the highly sought after Ayew.
If a deal is announced, it would represent a massive coup for Garry Monk given Ayew has previously been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Inter Milan and AS Roma.
The 25-year-old scored 13 goals in 35 appearances last season for Marseille and has been capped 62 times by Ghana, scoring 11 times.
He was one of the stars of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, scoring goals against the USA and Germany including a powerful header past Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Ayew has also played Champions League football with Marseille but decided to leave the Stade Velodrome after ruling out a pay cut and failing to strike a deal with the Ligue 1 outfit.
He expressed an interest in moving to the Premier League back in April, saying: “”I’m 25 now and it is a good age for me to take the next step in my career. I have offers from England, Italy and Germany but it would be unfair to say who from.
“I speak to my friends such as Morgan Amalfitano at West Ham and Joey Barton at QPR and they always talk well about the league and the atmosphere.
“I have been fortunate to experience Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford in the Champions League but I want to play at Anfield and other grounds.”
Ayew is the son of Abedi Ayew, known professionally as Abedi Pele, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest African players – if not the greatest – of all time.
Abedi, who also made his name at Marseille, was given the nickname Pele because of the dazzling footwork, speed and nimbleness on his feet he had from a young age which was reminiscent of the Brazilian legend.
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