Liverpool and Newcastle target Ayew ends speculation over future

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Marseille midfielder Andre Ayew has signed a contract extension, putting to bed any rumours linking the Ghana star with a Premier League move.

Andre Ayew looks unlikely to be heading to the Premier League this January after agreeing a new one-year contract extension with Marseille.

The star, who turns 25 today, has been the subject of much transfer speculation over the past few months and has been linked to a host of top-flight sides, including both Liverpool and Newcastle.

However a transfer to either club now appears to be off the table with Ayew adding a year to his deal with l’OM.

Newcastle and Liverpool were not the only clubs linked with a move for the highly-rated talent, who had also attracted interest from both Inter Milan and Napoli in Serie A.

Speaking in an interview with L’Equipe, Ayew confirmed that a deal was in place.

"It’s true I have agreed a new one year deal,” he told the French publication.

"Yesterday, president Vincent (Labrune) called me and asked me to stay."

The son of Abedi Pele – the Marseille legend who scored the winning goal for Marseille in the 1993 European Cup final – Ayew came through the youth ranks at the club.

Something approaching hot transfer property over the summer, Ayew was one of the few Ghana players to emerge from the World Cup with credit, following a campaign that saw the Black Stars exit the tournament at the group phase.

Ayew netted against both the United States and Germany to boost his value and increase the volume of Premier League links, but he looks likely to remain off limits.

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