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Jordan Ayew should follow footsteps of Scott Sinclair and join Celtic

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Jordan Ayew should be considering his options ahead of next season following Swansea‘s imminent relegation to the Championship.

Scottish champions Celtic would be the perfect club to revitalise a disappointing season in South Wales.

Despite the Swans underwhelming season, forward Jordan Ayew has enjoyed a more successful individual campaign, managing a respectable 11 goals and two assists.

The former Aston Villa winger joined the Liberty Stadium in January last season in a swap deal that saw Wales international Neil Taylor move in the opposite direction.

According to BBC Sport, the Swans paid £5 million for the Ghana international. Following the club’s first relegation since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2011, a summer move may seem inevitable.

When considering his next destination, Ayew should look no further than the success of former Swansea fan favourite, Scott Sinclair.

Sinclair was a revelation in South Wales, before signing for Manchester City.

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However, he failed to make an impact at the Etihad, and his move to Celtic proved to be a career-defining decision for the 29-year-old.

Now, the former Swan is on course to win a second treble at Celtic Park, and his individual performances in Brendan Rodgers’ side have not gone unnoticed.

Sinclair has gone on to win the PFA Scotland Player’s Player of the season as well as the SFWA Footballer of the Year back in 2017.

A move for Ayew could see a similar change of fortune with the Marseille-born attacker one of Swansea’s brighter performers this season.

The Ghanaian has boundless energy and provided a spark for his side throughout the season that has ultimately not been enough to keep the Swans up.

He showed signs of brilliance in Ligue 1 but never hit the heights at Aston Villa.

His move to Swansea revived his career, but now the forward needs a move that will allow him to settle and enjoy his peak years.

Ayew is in an exciting place in terms of development. He is 26 and would cost some serious cash, but fits the profile of a versatile forward that Brendan Rodgers craves.

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

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Celtic must not be undercut on £25m Kieran Tierney asking price

Everton were willing to pay £18 million for the Celtic defender, with the club wanting £25 million.

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Earlier this summer Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney looked like being on his way to Everton. The Scottish international was being earmarked as a potential replacement for the aging Leighton Baines.

However, when it came down to matching Celtic’s asking price, Everton would not meet the amount the Bhoys were after. As reported by The Scottish Sun, Celtic wanted £25 million for Tierney. Everton were only willing to go as high as £18 million and pulled out of a deal, signing Lucas Digne from Barcelona instead.

Now, Celtic look set to have a fight on their hands to keep Tierney again in January. As reported by The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur now want Tierney.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JULY 18: Brendan Rodgers and Kieran Tierney of Celtic are seen during the UEFA Champions League Qualifier between Celtic and Alashkert FC at Celtic Park on July 18, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The report even claims Spurs are hoping to sign him at a cut-price deal of just £10 million, taking advantage of Celtic’s inability to qualify for the Champions League and the financial hit that caused.

Celtic must not budge on their high asking price for Tierney. He is an extremely talented left-back and the Bhoys would be selling themselves short, especially at just £10 million.

Perhaps there is wiggle room on a £25 million fee, but Celtic should not be taking a £15 million cut to move on their best talent.

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Three ins and outs Celtic could complete this week

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Crisis in Europe means that the pressure is on Celtic entering into the final full week of the transfer window for Scottish teams, with Brendan Rodgers looking for ways to strengthen his squad whilst also considering who may have to depart to balance the budget.

This could lead to some unexpected signings and departures, with these three some of those which may take place…

Kieran Tierney (Tottenham)

It seems unlikely a deal would go through this week, but the two clubs could come to an agreement ahead of a January move, particularly as the Mirror claim that the reason for the potential deal for just £10 million would be due to the club’s need to adjust budgets following Champions League failure.

Celtic will not want to sell the 21-year-old, particularly at such a low price, unless they really have to and it seems that the club’s situation is not quite that severe yet.

Douglas Luiz (Manchester City)

Brendan Rodgers was spotted at the Etihad to watch Manchester City face Huddersfield Town on Sunday and City Watch have speculated that his presence may have been to hold talks over a move for Douglas Luiz.

The Brazilian had a work permit application rejected to it is likely that he will leave the Citizens for elsewhere, but he could fulfill the requirements for SPL. Having spent last season on loan at Girona and with the good relationship between the two clubs, it could happen quickly.

Dedryck Boyata (Lyon)

The Scottish Sun stated that he was a target for Lyon, among several European clubs, earlier this summer but no deal has yet come to pass. A row over him declaring himself injured for a crucial fixture could prove to be the end of his Celtic career, whether his destination is Lyon or not.

“I had a long chat with Dedryck the other day. We have created a wee bit of distance from what happened last week. We will look at that over the weekend but Dedryck is still a Celtic player and I want to have him involved.”

Brendan Rodgers appears to be keen to put the fall out behind him.

Rodgers seems keen to retain his services though, so it could take an impressive offer in order to persuade him to part ways with the Belgian defender.

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Kieran Tierney interest shows Tottenham correcting transfer planning mistakes

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Tottenham could reap the benefits of their transfer dithering this summer as the Mirror say that they could save themselves £10 million. They report that Celtic may be forced to sell key man Kieran Tierney for just £10 million, with Tottenham interested, despite having put a £20 million price tag on his head earlier this summer.

Spurs were put off by that price tag but could now move for the Scottish international, saving themselves a tidy fee in the process. If the move does come off, it would be the first sign that Daniel Levy and co. are learning from their mistakes of the summer.

With doubts still surrounding the future of Danny Rose, Tierney could be the man to challenge Ben Davies at left-back after a questionable start to the season.

“Can he be the best in the world? Of course! He has lots of talent and just needs to focus and he can do it. He has the talent. Football is about talent but it’s more important to be professional.”

Team-mate Emilio Izaguirre rates him highly.

The 21-year-old, who has five years remaining on his contract at Celtic Park, would be a bargain at such a price too. A youngster with potential resale value too, he would fit in perfectly with the club’s transfer policy.

Whilst he lacks Premier League experience and has very limited experience of playing at a top level, Tierney has undoubted potential and has caught the eye of several teams, including Everton.

If Tottenham do act to sign Tierney, it would represent a correction of their mistakes in the summer. It may be a case of the right opportunity presenting itself, but signing young British talents at bargain prices is what Daniel Levy dreams of and Tierney would fit perfectly into that mould and may well be a Tottenham player sooner rather than later if these reports are to be believed.

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