Crystal Palace have clicked into gear in the final week of the transfer window with the German international Max Meyer set to join Cheikhou Kouyate at Selhurst Park. But one deal that might now happen is the one involving Jordan Ayew.
The Times reported on Wednesday that Palace were expecting to sign the Ghana forward from Swansea City in a move that would see the versatile defender Jairo Riedewald go in the other direction.
But according to The Sun (2 August, page 51), the agreement has now fallen apart as Riedewald pulled off a move to South Wales.
It remains to be seen now whether Swansea would be willing to sell Ayew, who was their top scorer last season with 11 goals, without landing a player in return.
Big things were expected of 21-year-old Riedewald when he joined Palace from Ajax last summer for £7.9 million. But his debut season in English football started to go downhill after Frank de Boer, the former Ajax manager who brought him to Selhurst Park, was sacked after just four games in charge.
Riedewald, who can play anywhere across the defence and in midfield and has represented Holland three times at international level, made 16 Premier League appearances overall.
And reports that Roy Hodgson was willing to use him as a sweetener to sign Jordan Ayew don’t bode well for his future at Palace.