Both Crystal Palace and Fulham have been linked with a deadline day move for Swansea striker, Jordan Ayew, who is attempting to force his own move out of the Championship club by refusing to train with them.
That is according to The Daily Mirror who report that the Welsh club want £12 million for the 26-year old but that Swansea manager Graham Potter faces a difficult balancing act. Swansea, having allegedly turned down a bid of £8 million for the Ghanaian international earlier in the window, hope to attract a bid that more closely matches their valuation.
On the other hand, they do not want to be burdened with Ayew beyond the transfer deadline day, given his attitude, with Potter reflecting: “Jordan has not been here, so that tells you he is not part of what we are trying to do by his own actions. It’s really whether we can get a good enough deal for the club, otherwise it’s going to be an interesting time for him. We know the situation and we are trying to find a solution.”
It should be noted, in his defence, that Ayew is not the only high profile player to adopt the strategy of going AWOL in training to try and force a move currently. Thibaut Courtois has used the same tactic at Chelsea to try and force a move to Chelsea, and, with news of a record bid by the Blues for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, the move seems to have worked for him.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.