Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks with Marseille over the signing of their Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew reports French publication, Le10Sport ( translated by byfarthegreatestteam.com )
The Ghanaian international is a product of the Marseille Academy, and he has been ever present in the first team since he broke into it several years ago. This season has been huge for the Ghanaian, as Marcelo Bielsa’s appointment as coach has coincided with a renewed form to his game. He played his part in Marseille finishing the first half of the season as leaders of the league. With his contract expiring in the summer, the Lilywhites are hoping to negotiate a deal that would bring him from the Stade Velodrome to White Hart Lane.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have had to rely on Harry Kane for goals this season as fellow strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado have struggled to make an impact in front of goal this season. They seem set to lessen the burden on Kane by bringing in another forward.
However, the French publication claims that the earliest Andre Ayew would move is in the summer, as both clubs are unlikely to agree a fee this month.
The 25 year old is currently away with the Ghanaian squad for preparations towards the commencement of the African Cup of Nations.
Andre Ayew’s contract situation at Marseille has made for an uncomfortable season for the Southern France club, the same applies to Pierre Andrié Gignac. Both players have been instrumental to Marseille’s strong season to date, but their future looks further away from the club without an agreement on an extension.
Marseille’s form after the winter break has seen them suffer two straight defeats since the beginning of the month. Gignac and Andre Ayew were amongst the goals in the defeat to Grenoble in the French Cup, which was followed up by another defeat to Montpellier in Ligue 1.
Assuming a deal to bring Andre Ayew to Tottenham goes through this month, Mauricio Pochettino would not be able to call on him until at least middle of February as Ghana could get to the latter stages of the African Cup of Nations have they done in the last three tournaments.
However, Spurs fans would be quick to question whether Andre Ayew is really an out-an-out centre forward that could lead the line. He is more a creator of goals, but he still has a good record of scoring goals for both Marseille and Ghana.
The White Hart Lane faithful would be dreading the prospects of an injury to Harry Kane, in the form he is in at the moment, its unthinkable that he would not be the first name on the team sheet, but when the goals don’t come regularly as it is now, the options available in reserve are not up to scratch, which makes sense that Andre Ayew has been identified as the person who would lessen the goal scoring burden on Harry Kane. But it would be the summer at the earliest that any move would materialise.