Rahim Ayew says that Newcastle United were interested in signing his younger brother Andre Ayew but weren’t willing to pay the £5m that would have landed him.
Newcastle were linked with Andrew Ayew for the last few years and it looks as though the timing his brother is referring to, is the summer of 2014 when the then Marseille winger only had one year remaining on his contract.
Newcastle instead opted to buy Remy Cabella, a decision that massively rebounded on United, with a disastrous season for both the club and the playmaker/winger who was supposed to supply the missing creativity/goals gap left by Yohan Cabaye.
Last summer (2015), it was widely reported as a done deal that Newcastle were going to pick up Andre Ayew on a free – only to refuse to meet his wage demands and instead sign the younger and potentially bigger resale value talent of Florian Thauvin, ironically also a Marseille player.
Incredibly, Thauvin has proved monumentally worse than Cabella and only started three Premier League games for Newcastle before being sent back to Mareille on loan, where he has fared little better. One of the players targeted for letting down fans, Florian Thauvin was recently hit by a plastic bottle thrown from the crowd during one match.
In contrast, the older and more experienced Andre Ayew has proved a massive hit at Swansea and played a key role in keeping them up.
The winger scored 60 goals in five seasons for Marseille and has scored eight Premier League goals so far for Swansea, including one (see above) of the two that beat Newcastle earlier this season.
Andre Ayew also averages around six yellow cards a season (has picked up eight this season in the Premier League), suggesting he also possesses some of the fighting qualities totally lacking in this current Newcastle side.
Still only 26, the winger is worth at least £30m according to his brother Rahim, and after showing he can do it in the Premier League despite playing for a relegation threatened team, who is to say what somebody would be willing to pay for him this summer – particularly taking into account the extra TV riches for Premier League club.
As to Florian Thauvin’s value…
Rahim Ayew as reported by Ghana Web:
“When they were going to the Premiership, especially Andre, there was even a point where he was up for only £5 million but no one was really willing to pay that.
“The likes of Newcastle and Liverpool all pulled back but today if you’re coming for Andre, you’ll have to pay not less than £30million.”