Andre 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.
It 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 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 could also be on his way out of Swansea