Ghana international Andre Ayew is a free agent this summer, but what qualities would he bring to the NUFC team?
It seems like the race to win the signature of Ghana international Andre Ayew is heating up, with The Chronicle reporting that Newcastle United are the latest club to be in the hunt for the midfielder who becomes a free agent in the summer.
John Carver is still in charg, but Rémi Garde and Christophe Galtier are reportedly still in the frame for the job this summer - as reported by The Chronicle - hence the link to both Andre Ayew and Andre-Pierre Gignac for next season.
The identity of the manager for next season - and what style they would like to play - will determine who would be the best option for Newcastle but Ayew's versatility makes his a very attractive prospect.
Ayew is still only 25 years old and is ready to test his ability in another country. He has been a loyal servant to Marseille and, regardless of the coach in charge or whether the team has struggled, Ayew has always given his all.
On the striker, meanwhile, the current Magpies boss told reporters: “I know about him because I watch a lot of European football. But there’s a process in the club. I’ll be part of that and, if and when it happens, you’ll be the first to know.”
Where would he play?
It is very hard to place Ayew in just one role, often his versatility has held him back, but it should be a great service to a team like Newcastle.
He can play on the wing in a 4-3-3. He has the pace and the ability on the ball to get wide and cut inside to cause problems to any defence.
One of his strongest abilities is his underrated aerial ability. He has made a great deal of defenders look bad with his well-timed runs from wide, getting up high and doing damage with his head.
This can also be a benefit to the team when he plays a more central role, not as a No. 9, but either an attacking midfielder, or a little deeper in the central midfield roles.
Perhaps his best position would be on the left of a 4-2-3-1 - with his ability to combine all his strengths into that role. That is where he has had the most success for Marseille and Ghana.
Would he move to Newcastle United?
This is the hardest part to predict. The Premier League is always a huge draw, the increased level of competition, the larger support and the sheer nature of the league make it an attractive option.
With Newcastle already having a strong French contingent, possibly having a French coach would make them even more appealing.
However, the club aren't as enticing as they once were. Sitting 11th in the Premier League is not a bad position, but European football is a fleeting thought.
Ayew, at this stage of his career, will be looking to play on the biggest stage. Marseille are likely to qualify for the Champions League again next season, and if teams like Tottenham Hotspur, Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund and AS Roma are genuinely interested, Newcastle would fall down the pecking order.
That’s not to say it would be a bad move for Ayew. The energy he brings to Marseille, and his skill and drive on the ball, would make him a huge hit at St James’ Park and he would revel in the warmth of the crowd, it would all come down to what the player wants at this stage of his career, and what other options he has on the table come this summer.