Manchester United and Liverpool are poised to spend the last few hours of the transfer window fighting over the services of Marseille star Andre Ayew, as the winger has rejected the chance to join Hull City.
According to the Daily Express both United and their Merseyside rivals still harbour interest in Ayew, who is said to be looking for a way out of his current club. The midfielder has in the past confirmed that a move to the Premier League is something which appeals to him, and is versatile enough to be of use to either Louis van Gaal or Brendan Rodgers.
And a switch to one of England’s elite has been boosted in the past few hours, after the 24-year-old turned down a move to link up with Steve Bruce at Hull. It’s said that the Ghana international is holding out for an offer from a bigger club, which could well come before the 11pm transfer deadline.
With United having been heavily involved in the majority of high-profile transfer rumours doing the rounds in the past 24 hours it’s no wonder to see them linked with Ayew, who has been linked with Old Trafford on and off for some time.
In truth the idea of Van Gaal making a formal effort to sign him isn’t too far-fetched when it’s considered that the chances of him landing either William Carvalho or Arturo Vidal have been drastically cut.
The former has revealed today that he plans on remaining with Sporting Lisbon, which puts paid to United’s plans of pairing him with Ander Herrera, whilst the latter would cost around €50 million, which is a hefty price to pay given the significant outlay they’ve just consented to for Angel di Maria.
Yet it’s not all plain sailing for United, and Liverpool appear set to fight them every step of the way. Brendan Rodgers has spent the money he received for the services of Luis Suarez wisely, but could be enticed into adding depth to his squad if the opportunity arises before tomorrow morning.
Once again it’s Ayew’s versatility which enables a move to Anfield to be considered more than just fanciful optimism, and the experience he has would most certainly help when it comes to the latter stages of the Champions League, should Liverpool make it past the group stages.
It would appear that Hull’s loss could be United and Liverpool’s gain, with Ayew likely to be open to moving to either side. Whether or not a switch can be forced through before tonight though remains to be seen.