Report: Crystal Palace swap deal collapses as Jairo Riedewald snubs Swansea

Crystal Palace's English manager Roy Hodgson arrives ahead of the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Crystal Palace at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent,...

Premier League outfit Crystal Palace were reportedly hoping to land Jordan Ayew in a deal which would see Jairo Riedewald join Championship outfit Swansea City.

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Burnley at Selhurst Park on January 13, 2018 in London, England.

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.

Crystal Palace's Dutch defender Jairo Riedewald (L) controls the ball during the English FA Cup third round football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace at the...

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.

Jordan Ayew of Swansea City celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park on August 26, 2017 in London,...

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