Former Swansea City star Andre Ayew is keen to link up with brother Jordan at Crystal Palace with the Premier League outfit in talks with the free-agent forward, as reported by 90Min.
Given Palace owner Steve Parish isn’t renowned for breaking the bank on signings – Ebere Eze is the only player bought for more than £10 million since 2017 – it was always going to be difficult for the Eagles to rebuild a squad that recently lost 11 first-team players on free transfers.
Palace need quality – quantity too – but will be forced to go about an extensive recruitment drive while operating on a budget hit hard by the effects of the pandemic.
With that in mind, the decision to bring in Reading wonderkid Michael Olise, triggering the affordable release clause in his contract, looks inspired.
At just £8 million, the gifted attacking midfielder arrives with substantial resale potential.
And while the same can’t be said about Ayew – the Ghana international will turn 32 in December – the veteran free agent would add goals, experience and plenty of flexibility to a less-than prolific Palace front line.
Is Andre Ayew set to join Crystal Palace?
Ayew scored an impressive 35 goals during the past two seasons, dragging an unfancied Swansea City side into the play-offs on both occasions.
Defeat to Brentford in the play-off final meant Swansea had no choice but to let Ayew leave, however, with his reported £80,000-a-week wages simply too expensive for a Championship club.
It remains to be seen how much Crystal Palace are willing to pay the former West Ham and Marseille man as talks regarding a move to Selhurst Park continue.
90Min claims Ayew is interested in a move to Palace, where he would link up with younger brother Jordan.