Report: Sunderland target holding out for Champions League move

Swansea's Andre Ayew scores their first goal

Sunderland's pursuit of Swansea City forward Andre Ayew is unlikely to be resolved soon.

Andre Ayew celebrates after scoring the first goal for SwanseaAndre Ayew's first season in England can be deemed a success

Sunderland's pursuit of Swansea City forward Andre Ayew is unlikely to be resolved soon, the Sunderland Echo reports.

The Black Cats are said to have bid for Ayew in January and manager Sam Allardyce remains a big fan, the report claims.

It adds that Ayew, who has changed agents this summer, could be open to leaving the Liberty Stadium after one season in Wales.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceIt is claimed that Allardyce remains a fan of the Ghanaian

However, the Ghanaian is said to be holding out for a top-four move, and could yet begin the season a Swansea player.

According to the Echo, Sunderland have prioritised the signing of an orthodox striker above all else, having shed Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham from their ranks.

And they are likely to focus their attention in that department, before stepping up their pursuit of Ayew, who it is reported is valued at £15 million by his current employers.

The report claims West Ham's Diafra Sakho remains at the top of Allardyce's list, though Ayew's Swansea teammate Bafetimbi Gomis has also been considered and would be cheaper than both players in terms of transfer fee.

Diafra Sakho celebrates after scoring the first goal for West HamDiafra Sakho is said to be Sunderland's top target

However, French giants Marseille are the current favourites to sign the 30-year-old and are said to be holding talks over a season-long loan deal.

Bafetimbi Gomis celebrates scoring the fourth goal for Swansea City with Andre AyewBafetimbi Gomis could also be on his way out of Swansea

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