The Times is today reporting that Newcastle United have made a £7 million bid for Marseille forward Andre Ayew after we revealed that Joe Kinnear watched him in action in Ligue 1 on Saturday night, but it has also emerged that fellow Premier League club Everton had scouts at that match as well and are yet to make an offer.
Kinnear clearly liked what he saw from Ayew at the Stade du Hainaut in a match where the Ghanaian provided the assist for the winning goal and his prowess in the air, despite only being 5ft 9in tall, will suit the English style of play.
We believe that Ayew will be available for around 10 million Euros, so Newcastle’s bid is likely to come up a little bit short and the Magpies will have to guard against other clubs coming in and nabbing their man.
One of those could be Everton, who are yet to show their hand following Saturday’s scouting mission, but Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are also thought to be sniffing around the 23-year-old.
It will be interesting to see whether Newcastle are able to conduct business with Marseille, given how angry Kinnear was with the French club’s part in their pursuit of Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, in which Marseille were thought to be talking to the player without the club accepting a bid.
So I doubt that Newcastle will be in any mood to give in to Marseille’s demands, but a refusal to budge from the £7m price-point could result in Everton or another Premier League club swooping for Ayew.