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Newcastle United reportedly close in on £13m-rated Championship striker



According to reports emerging from Ghana, Swansea City striker Jordan Ayew appears to be closing in on a switch to Newcastle United.

Football Ghana reports that Newcastle are “closing in” on the signing of Ayew, who is rated at £13m by Swansea.

The Magpies joined Fulham in the battle to land the Ghana international with the Cottagers previously seeing an £8m bid rejected.

The Premier League pair are hoping to snap up Ayew, who was the top scorer at the Welsh club last season, netting 11 times in total.

This included seven strikes in the Premier League but it was not enough to keep Swansea afloat in the top flight as they suffered relegation to the second tier and now face a battle to hold onto a number of their top players.

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and defender Alfie Mawson look set to join West Ham United and Ayew could join this duo in the top division.

The 26-year-old moved to England in 2015 when he joined Aston Villa from Lorient, scoring seven goals in 30 league games for the West Midlands side as they were relegated.

After scoring two in 21 in the Championship for Villa, he moved back to the Premier League with Swansea and now looks set to join Newcastle.

The Verdict

If Newcastle do sign Ayew for £13m, this could open the door for Fulham to snap up Aleksandar Mitrovic instead – which would be much better business from the Cottagers.

Ayew is a decent back-up choice for a mid-table Premier League side and his versatility makes him useful.

But an eight-figure bid is over the odds and Swansea would be foolish to ignore it.

Swansea fans – Would you like to sell Ayew for this price? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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