West Brom's World Cup target linked to club with family ties

Lille

Jordan Ayew had been linked with a move to the Premier League and West Brom, but now Lille OSC, where his father played could be interested.

Sometimes in football, stories come around full circle and when it comes to the Ayew family, there seems to always be a story of some kind.

Marseille striker Jordan Ayew has been linked with moves to West Bromich Albion and Hull City, but now French radio station RMC has linked the Ghanaian striker with a move to French club Lille OSC.

What sets this story apart from normal transfer stories is the solid family reason why he would make the move to Lille.

Jordan’s brother Andre Ayew also plays for Marseille at the moment, and is definitely the more famous of the two Ayew brothers, but both pale is significance when it comes to their father, Abedi Ayew, otherwise known as Abedi Pele.

The former Ghana international midfielder played over 100 games for Marseille, scoring 23 goals. He famously played beside Jean-Pierre Papin and Chris Waddle, making a truly terrifying trio that won the Champions League and three league titles (one of which was revoked from Marseille after a match-fixing scandal).

However, before moving to Marseille, Abedi Pele made his breakthrough at northern club Lille, scoring 16 goals in two seasons and establishing himself as an integral part of the Ghana national team.

In those two years, Ayew stayed in the small town of Seclin, on the edge of the Lille Metropole area, and that is where Andre Ayew was born in 1989.

It is obvious that the Ayew family still has ties with the city, and now the club that finished third in Ligue 1 has been linked with a move to the younger of the two Ayews.

Jordan was born in Marseille, but has found it hard to breakthrough into the first-team. His loan spell at FC Sochaux last season was a huge success, and his run of goals in the last ten games nearly helped Les Lionceaux stay in the division.

With Sochaux down and Herve Renard gone, Jordan is looking for a new club to nurture his talent. Lille are looking at the prospect of losing Salomon Kalou in the summer, and coach Rene Girard could see the young promising Ghanaian forward as a potential replacement.

Jordan would be able to emulate his father and play for his old club, the club where his brother was born only a few miles from.

Success at Lille would be another epic chapter in the Ayew family album.

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