Swansea manager Steve Cooper has addressed the possibility of striker André Ayew leaving the club in January, stating that ‘it’s possible’ that the Ghanaian international will attract interest in the upcoming transfer window.
The 29-year-old forward was at the top of his game in the 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday evening, heading in from Matt Grimes’ corner for Swansea’s only goal of the game. He was also awarded as Man of the Match for his efforts.
It was his fifth league goal of the season for Swansea, and the the 29-year-old has also contributed with four assists in his 19 league appearances.
Speaking to Wales Online, Cooper is aware that Ayew is more than capable of playing at a higher level than the Championship.
“This league is a league that has a lot of players who can play a level above. Andre is in that category,” the Swans boss said.
Cooper know what comes with that, and said he is prepared for other clubs to show their interest.
“It’s possible other clubs will come looking. We know that. He’s probably not the only player.”
In spite of that, the Swansea manager said that the player is happy at the club, and wants to continue performing for the team.
“There is no news on any interest and I hope that continues. I speak to him a lot and I know he’s happy with what we’re doing,” he said.
Ayew is often played on the right side side of an attacking three for Swansea, and has been key to their season, notching up three Man of the Match awards and asserting himself as one of the best players in the division.
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It is good news for Steve Cooper that Ayew has made it clear to him that he is happy, but it may be a matter of time before a top European or Premier League side come in for the attacker – especially if Swansea’s indifferent form continues.
The Ghanaian is in his second spell at the club, and a potential transfer elsewhere in January could be detrimental to the side, as Ayew is a key cog in the machine. Cooper will be keen for him to remain in South Wales.