Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries for Swansea City winger Andre Ayew, according to reports from Ghanasoccernet.
The 29-year-old has played an influential role in helping Steve Cooper’s side climb into the play-off places, establishing himself as one of the most dangerous players in the Championship this season.
But the report claims that Ayew may find a move to Spurs “too hard to turn down”, with Jose Mourinho reportedly keen on a swoop for the attacker.
Here, we discuss whether Ayew would be a good signing for Tottenham, and whether he is good enough for Mourinho’s side…
“I’m not entirely convinced that this is a move that’s much good for any party.
“Ayew is a great player in the Championship and obviously he has the ability to step into a Premier League side, but he wouldn’t get much of a chance with Spurs given their attacking talent.
“In terms of the buying club; yes, they need to rebuild under Jose Mourinho, but surely they need a higher calibre of player to keep the fans on side.
“Ayew is 30 and past his peak years, so it is hardly like them chasing a Mitrovic.”
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“I’m not convinced that this would be a good signing for Tottenham as Ayew is showing to be at the top level of the Championship but yet to prove that he is good enough for Championship football.
“Jose Mourinho has an extremely talented attacking setup with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Heung Min Son among others, so Ayew struggles to really get anywhere near that starting 11.
“He is performing very well under Steve Cooper this season, scoring nine goals and registering four assists, but the gulf in quality between the top six of the Championship and the top six in the Premier League is staggering and probably a bridge too far for Ayew.
“Ayew showed some promise during his time in the top flight with the Swans as well as West Ham but both sides were fighting at the bottom end of the table and this might just be where he currently stands with his ability, not Spurs.”
“It would go down as one of the weirdest signings of the transfer window, but strangely it’s a move that could make sense.
“Tottenham face a dilemma when signing attacking players as any target knows that they’ll be second choice behind striker Harry Kane.
“That puts off the best players in Europe, but for a player like Andre Ayew, it could be the best opportunity to move to a top club.
“Ayew would provide adequate cover for Jose Mourinho’s squad, and with an asking price which will be comparatively low, the Swansea man could be the ideal back-up option.”
“I think that this would be a risky signing for Spurs if they managed to lure Ayew away from the Liberty Stadium, as I just don’t believe that he’s the level required for a club like Spurs.
“He’s enjoying a wonderful season at Swansea and has contributed to 15 goals directly, which is a superb record for the experienced attacker.
“But when he’s played in the Premier League before, with Swansea and West Ham, he’s hardly set alight and hasn’t really done anything to suggest that he would be able to perform for a side chasing the top four.
“Spurs need world-class additions if Jose Mourinho’s side wish to finish in the Champions League places, and I’m not sure Ayew fits into that bracket at all.”