Sunderland set to Smash Transfer Record with the Signing of International Striker?

Strongly linked with a move to Sunderland in January, Swansea City are said to be ready to cash in o

by Brandon_Rawlin Tuesday, 17 May 2016 08:56 PM Comments
Strongly linked with a move to Sunderland in January, Swansea City are said to be ready to cash in on Ghana star Andre Ayew. Is there substance to the rumour Big Sam Allardyce still fancies him or is it just tittle-tattle to fill the pages based on his previous interest?


Ayew was Swansea's top scorer last season with twelve goals to his name. The Welsh club are looking to rebuild this summer and are likely to listen to any big money offers. Sunderland were widely reported to have had a bid of £10m turned down in January and the player's agent has links with Sam Allardyce. 

Sunderland face competition from Liverpool and West Ham for his signature according to The Express. Having said that, it does smack a little of paper-talk as Liverpool are thought to have turned down the chance to sign him last summer and West Ham have been linked with him since way back in 2012. 

Ayew arrived in Wales last June in a four year deal. He was signed on a free transfer from Marseille after seeing out his contract in France. A physically-strong Attacker, Ayew can play up front alone or on the left or right, meaning Allardyce may consider him a perfect fit to play alongside Jermain Defoe next season. Ayew started last season in a wide role alongside Baftembi Gomis, before leading the line as main striker for the latter part of the season.

Ayew himself has been quoted as saying his future is in Swansea chairman Huw Jenkin's hands. He is the sort of player a team could be built around and the prospect of linking him up with Wahbi Khazri and Fabio Borini would excite Sunderland supporters. He would fit into Sam Allardyce's preferred formation of narrower wide men with supporting, overlapping full backs.  

Swansea, rather than rebuilding, may be in danger of being ransacked first, with news that Gylfi Sigurdsson is in line for a £15m move to Leicester City. Ex-Sunderland loanee, Ki Sung Yeung, repeated his vanishing act before the season has finished by leaving Swansea before the last game to return to South Korea. It was reported that he had returned to complete his mandatory military service; but it has been suggested that the real reason he left early was to seek permission from the Korean authorities to play in the upcoming national side's matches against Spain and the Czech Republic; and actually complete his military service later this summer or next. Either way, Ki and Swansea are finished and Swan's fans aren't too disgruntled to see the back of him following a frustrating season. 

Supposedly Sunderland have already tabled a £10m for Ayew but Swansea are thought unlikely to sell for that and may hold out for £15m. Sunderland's current transfer record stands at £14m, paid for Steven Fletcher in 2012; and it may be that Sam Allardyce will have to break it to land Andre Ayew this time around.