Jordan Ayew arrives in UK ahead of reported Aston Villa transfer discussions

The Lorient striker looks to be the man Tim Sherwood has chosen to replace Belgian star Christian Benteke after his move to Liverpool.

Aston Villa have moved quickly to replace Christian Benteke after his big-money move to Liverpool earlier this week, with a transfer for Ghanian striker Jordan Ayew moving closer according to Sky Sports.

The Lorient forward landed in the UK according to Sky Sports, ahead of discussions regarding a £12 million switch from Ligue 1, and the player himself was quoted as offering the following lines on his move to Villa Park.

"I’m delighted to have arrived in the UK and to have the opportunity to join a club the size of Aston Villa,” Ayew is quoted as telling Sky Sports.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the manager and I am very excited about the prospect of playing in the best league in the world.

“I’m sure with the new players that Aston Villa are bringing in that we can all work together to make it a great season for a great football club.”

Though the Villans are yet to comment on an impending deal, it looks very much like the former Marseille striker is set to join his brother in switching to the English top flight this summer, having netted 13 goals in 28 games for Les Merlus last season, even though the club finished in a disappointing 16th place in Ligue 1.

Ayew, who also has French nationality, is the son of Ghanian legend Abedi Pele, and has scored 8 times in 28 matches for the Black Stars.

Aston Villa have also been linked with a move for Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor as they look to replace Benteke ahead of the new season, with the Mail stating that the Togo international's former White Hart Lane boss Tim Sherwood was keen to bring in the Spurs man.

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