Monday sees reports of Newcastle having approached Swansea City about a possible transfer of Jordan Ayew.
The striker is available for £13m according to Football Ghana, who say that Newcastle have now registered their interest in buying the 26 year old.
The French born Ghanaian striker was bought for £8m from Ligue 1 side Lorient as part of Aston Villa’s disastrous summer transfer window of 2015.
The 12 goals he scored for Lorient in Ligue 1 that 2014/15 season helped secure the move to the Premier League but apart from that, his best previous league goals return was seven in 2012/13 with Marseille.
Relegated with Villa in his first season, Jordan Ayew finished top scorer with seven goals.
Relegated along with Newcastle United, Aston Villa put their faith in Ayew but he scored only twice in the Championship in 21 appearance before being moved on to Swansea. The Welsh club banking around £5m plus sending defender Neil Taylor the other way.
Despite adding only one Premier League goal for Swansea in the second half of that 2016/17 season, Swansea made Jordan Ayew first choice last season with 33 starts, plus three coming off the bench.
Yet again he had the distinction of being a relegated club’s top scorer, once again with seven goals.
Whilst he is a play who clearly should be in Newcastle’s price range, it is surely debatable as to whether he is any better than what Newcastle have already got.
In the Championship, Dwight Gayle had scored 13 for Newcastle whilst Ayew was getting two for Villa, the NUFC striker ending with 23 goals.
Whilst Jordan Ayew might have scored one more for Swansea (including one in the January 1-1 draw at St James Park) than Dwight Gayle last season, the overall figures suggest his goalscoring record was even worse than Gayle’s.
Starting 23 games and on as a sub in another 12, Gayle played 1961 minutes in the Premier League, scoring at a rate of one goal every 325 minutes.
Jordan Ayew started 33 and on as a sub three times, playing 2859 minutes, a rate of a goal every 408 PL minutes.
In his three years in England, Ayew has scored only 17 goals in 101 league appearances, so it would be very difficult to see him suddenly becoming prolific.
He might not have proved prolific in the Premier League as yet but I personally don’t see any reason why you would want to replace him with the Swansea man.
On Sunday it was claimed that Stoke had made an opening bid of £10m for Gayle.