Liverpool and Arsenal may step up their interest in Marseille forward Andre Ayew after the club's coach refused to consider Ayew's request to play striker.

According to the Daily Express, Ayew and Marseille coach Elie Baup have been involved in several bust-ups regarding the Ghanaian's most effective playing position.

The Liverpool and Arsenal transfer target first raised the point last season when Baup continued to deploy him on the wing, but he's stayed out wide in the club's preseason friendlies so far.

When asked about Ayew's positional demand, Baup said: "Who has promised to change our structure? Certainly not me."

But the Marseille boss was clear that he wants to keep the 23-year-old at the club, despite reported interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.

"Let me be clear; I am counting on all the players who are here."

Baup has the backing of the Marseille president in his dispute with Ayew, according to the report, which could prompt renewed interest from the Premier League giants.

Arsenal reportedly had a £5m offer rebuffed three years ago, while Ayew has stated in the past that he'd love to play for Liverpool one day.

Manchester United were thought to be keeping tabs on the Ghana forward under Sir Alex Ferguson, but the report suggests new boss David Moyes has moved on to other targets.

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