Liverpool could join the race to sign Andre Ayew this summer

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Liverpool could join the race to sign Andre Ayew this summer, with Marseille reportedly willing to sell the Newcastle target before June 30 in order to fund their own endeavours in the transfer market.

This is according to The Daily Express, who cite unnamed reports from France when claiming that the Ligue 1 outfit are looking to sell £10 million-rated Ayew soon, with Newcastle and Napoli already believed to be in pursuit of his signature.

24-year-old Ayew - whose younger brother Jordan also plays for Marseille, although spent the second half of the 2013/14 campaign on loan at Sochaux - is a versatile attacking player, comfortable on the flanks or being deployed as a second striker.

An experienced Ghanaian international who is in Kwesi Appiah's squad for the upcoming World Cup in South America following a relatively brief period of self-imposed international exile, Ayew made 25 domestic appearances for Marseille last season.

In that time he registered six goals and three assists, as the club - who are now managed by the hugely popular and revered figure of Marcelo Bielsa - eventually went on to miss out on qualification for the Europa League.

As a quick and technically efficient forward talent, Ayew would appear to fit in rather nicely with the current philosophies at Liverpool that are being carefully cultivated by Brendan Rodgers.

Given the notable defensive issues that constantly threatened to de-rail an otherwise hugely enjoyable season at Anfield, many Liverpool fans may be expecting Rodgers to first look to resolve the problems with his shaky backline before moving to bolster his already potent attack.

However, despite already boasting the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and, of course, Uruguayan Luis Suarez, Liverpool's impending return to the Champions League should mean that no area of Rodgers' squad is left without improvement.

Ayew has experience of the prestigious competition from his seven-year stint at the Stade Velodrome and the recruitment of such impressive talents could also be key in ensuring that the talismanic Suarez remains on Merseyside beyond this summer.

Newcastle have developed quite a reputation for signing and successfully integrating players from Ligue 1 over recent seasons, although Liverpool's swift rise back to the elite level of European football would surely make them the more likely suitor if they were indeed to officially register an interest in Ayew.

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