African outlet GhanaSoccerNet has claimed that Leeds United are keen to form a reunion between Marcelo Bielsa and Swansea City striker Andre Ayew, ahead of the January transfer window next month.
Ayew, 30, returned to Swansea in the summer after a season-long loan spell at Turkish side Fenerbahce where he struggled. He managed just five goals in 38 games, but Swansea boss Steve Cooper has got him playing for the Welsh side again.
The former West Ham star is impressing. He has scored seven goals in 20 Championship appearances this season, as well as laying on four assists – despite being used on both flanks and as a centre-forward at times. He also has two in the Carabao Cup.
Now, Bielsa wants to form a reunion with the 86-time Ghana international, after working together at Marseille. It is believed they still have a good relationship, something which was evident when Swansea beat Leeds back in April (below).
Swansea will be desperate to keep Ayew, even though he is earning a ‘gargantuan’ wage (Wales Online). Ayew, meanwhile, is desperate to get back into the Premier League and Leeds certainly look as though they are much more likely than Swansea.
TBR’s view – Is Ayew a good signing for Leeds?
Owner Andrea Radrizzani needs to take into account Financial Fairplay. In the summer, Leeds did not sign any new players on a permanent basis given that they needed to obey the parameters of the FFP rules.
Instead, they sold Pontus Jansson, Kemar Roofe, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and numerous others in order to bring in some cash and steady the books. So much so, that Helder Costa has been signed permanently – but he is on loan until next summer.
It is only at the end of his loan that he will become a Leeds player permanently, with Leeds paying an onbligatory £15million to Wolves. So, to buy Ayew – transfer fee and wages – would be very expensive. Radrizzani must tread carefully.