Sunderland have been linked with Swansea City’s Andre Ayew.

According to a recent publication in the Mirror, Sunderland’s rather surprising approach for Swansea City forward Andre Ayew has been turned down by the Welsh side.

The report claims that Sam Allardyce’s side have sounded out a move for the Swansea ace following his impressive debut season in the Premier League, but their advances have been rejected.

“Swansea City have rejected an approach from Sunderland for forward Andre Ayew,” the Mirror states.

Sunderland’s survival hopes have been given a huge boost over the past two weeks following back-to-back league victories as well as the recent additions of Jan Kirchhoff and Dame N’Doye.

The Black Cats’ latest victory came against no other than Swansea, a 4-2 victory at the Liberty Stadium with experienced striker Jermain Defoe netting a hat-trick.

The former Tottenham Hotspur man appears to be on a one-man mission to preserve Sunderland’s Premier League status this season, but Allardyce is keen to lighten the burden.

A new striker is very much now at the top of the club’s wish-list, and the Swans’ top scorer Ayew has been earmarked as the man Allardyce wants to bring to the Stadium of Light.

The Ghana international only arrived at the Liberty Stadium in the summer, and with seven strikes in 20 league appearances he has already proven himself quite capable in-front of goal.

The report goes on to state that Sunderland were preparing a £12million bid for Ayew, but considering what is at stake the chances of Swansea allowing the 26-year-old to trade the club for a relegation rival are very slim.