The French club have not yet accepted a fee for the Ghanaian international.
It was reported yesterday by Sky Sports that Villa had a £12 million bid for the player accepted, as they looked to replace Christian Benteke, who joined Liverpool for £32.5 million this week.
The deal seemed to be done. Ayew arrived in Birmingham last night to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms.
However, Lorient have reportedly blocked the deal, asking for more money than originally agreed – according to Ayew.
“It is incomprehensible. I was told that I could leave for €12m, but now they are asking for 10 million, in pounds, with 2 million in bonuses, which makes up about €17m. What the hell.This meeting finished very badly. I am really very annoyed, but it is incredible what they are doing to me.
"They were telling me about how much Amavi was bought for by Aston Villa, but I am not Amavi. We are two different players who have two different situations. They are basically saying that English clubs can only pay more, because they have money.”
“It is finished for me, they bought me for €5m and they are blocking me."
This goalpost changing is not likely to impress Villa. They recently signed Jordan Amavi from Nice in what the Daily Mail claimed was a £10 million deal, and this seems to be irking Lorient – who feel Ayew’s valuation should be more than that of the French under-21 international.
The Ghanaian is however adamant that his move to Villa will still go ahead:
"Today, I am in Brimingham, I am on my way to Aston Villa. Nothing will change my decision.
"In any case, I am no longer going to training. It is finished for me. It is true that I have a contract, but I had a good year, they will make a good profit and you cannot change the rules of the game like that. I can leave for one sum, but if it is Aston Villa, I am worth more. In my head, in any case, I have left.”
The fact is Ayew is already in Birmingham and the deal is more than likely to be finalised in the not so distant future.
The only annoyance is how a transfer that seemed to be quite straight-forward has suddenly turned slightly nasty at the last minute.