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Sunderland monitoring Swansea's Andre Ayew

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Premier league club Sunderland are tracking the situation of Swansea City winger Andre Ayew, according to the Chronicle.

The Black Cats avoided relegation at the expense of city rivals Newcastle last season and are now looking to strengthen their squad to avoid a similar campaign.

Manager Sam Allardyce, who joined the club last October following the dismissal of Dick Advocaat, has identified the need of attacking players in order to steer the club away from another relegation battle.

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Big Sam has developed a very respected reputation for avoiding the drop is in the market to buy a right-back and an attacking midfielder, but his first priority is thought to be a striker.

Sunderland endured a frustrating term in the attacking department and were heavily dependent on veteran striker Jermain Defoe to score a large proportion of their goals to keep them up.

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As a result, Allardyce has wasted no time in trying to address their main weakness. The club launched a £11 million bid for West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho last week, according to Sky Sports, but are now also monitoring Ghana international Ayew, who could leave the Liberty Stadium just one year after joining the club on a free transfer.

The 26-year-old is well known for his versatility to play both out wide and in the centre and the Black Cats are thought to be keen to follow up on a £10 million bid made in January which was rejected by their Premier League rivals.

The former Lorient player represented the Swans in 35 league matches in 2015/16 campaign and finished as the top scorer for the club with 12 strikes.

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Before coming to the Premier League, the French-born winger spent six seasons with Ligue 1 club Marseille, where he made 160 league appearances and scored 44 goals.

Ayew is also very experienced at international level and has scored 11 times from 67 appearances for Ghana, therefore would represent a very shrewd bit of business for Sunderland - providing they can persuade Swansea to sell up.

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