Ghana’s secret World Cup weapon on Newcastle United radar

Newcastle United are reportedly out to hijack Liverpool’s bid to bring Ghana and Marseille winger Andre Ayew to the Premier League this season.

Newcastle United have set their sights on a potential cut-price alternative to Montpellier’s Remy Cabella in the form of Ghana star Andre Ayew.

The Olympique Marseille midfielder looks set to depart Marseille this summer, having failed to agree a new contract with the French giants.

The 24-year-old is in the final year of his current agreement with L’OM and with new manager Marcelo Bielsa keen to cash-in and put any accrued transfer funds towards the rebuilding of the current squad, a deal could be in the offing.

According to French publication La Provence, however, it would appear that Newcastle will face stiff competition from another Premier League club in the form of Liverpool.

The Reds are reported to be similarly interested in securing the services of the winger, with the Express indicating that Merseysiders would be willing to pay as much as £10 million for the Ghana international.

And with Liverpool able to offer Ayew the opportunity to continue playing Champions League football, Newcastle could find themselves positioned as the player’s second choice when it comes to completing a move.

As such, a poor showing at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil could play into Newcastle’s hands, with any star performances likely to push up the price tag on Ayew’s head, while the opposite could have the reverse effect.

Any Newcastle bid could yet depend on developments surround Cabella, with the Toon currently attempting to thrash out an agreement for the 24-year-old who is also set to feature at the World Cup for France this summer, following a surprise call-up.

The Montpellier man was drafted into Les Bleus’ squad following the withdrawal of Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery through injury.

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