Newcastle United have made a pre-contract offer to Andre Ayew, with a signing on fee of around £2m and £1.5m wages per year after tax, according to Le10Sport in France.

They are reporting the story as an exclusive and say that both Newcastle and Wolfsburg have both made similar offers for the player who is out of contract in the summer.

United have long been linked with the Marseille player who looks certain to move as the French club won’t pay the wages he is looking for.

Scoring 6 goals in 19 Ligue 1 appearances this season, Ayew was also one of the stars of the African Cup of Nations this year. He played in all 6 Ghana matches and scored 3 goals.

Newcastle and Wolfsburg could both have been trumped though by AS Roma, with Le10Sport saying that the Italian club have come in with their own offer today which their sources say is highest of the three deals on the table…so far.

One other club who have been repeatedly linked with Andrew Ayew are Tottenham and they are reported to be the player’s first choice if they come through with a suitable offer.

In any situation such as this where a bidding war ensues, it is hard to see Newcastle winning out under Mike Ashley’s tight grip, plus of course the problem of convincing the 25 year old that the club has ambition.