Jordan Ayew joins Lorient

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Marseille forward Jordan Ayew has moved to Ligue 1 rivals Lorient, reports BBC Sport.

The 22-year-old striker has been part of the first team at the Stade Velodrome since he moved up from the academy system in 2009. He has made 147 appearances for the south French side, scoring 22 times.

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After becoming part of the first team side in 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, he struggled to have the same impact last term. Ayew moved to Sochaux during the January transfer window on loan but his 5 goals were unable to prevent the club from being relegated at the end of the season.

The Ghanaian international, who was part of the team in Brazil for the World Cup, decided to move to Lorient after several offers from around France.

Brother's Liverpool link

Both his father and his brother, Andre Ayew, have played for Marseille and Ghana. His brother was linked with Liverpool during the tournament in Brazil, but as yet there has been no offers made public for the elder of the brothers.

Ayew said that moving to Lorient was not a difficult decision as the club is the perfect place for him to develop with the facilities available alongside the lack of playing time at Marseille.

Lorient are aiming to build on last season’s 8th place finish, attempting to better their performance of 2009-10 when they finished 7th.

Grenier saga

Newcastle are not close to signing Lyon’s Clement Grenier, according to the French side, reports Sky Sports.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to St James Park since the January transfer window and they had a bid rejected by Lyon earlier in the year. The midfielder has been linked with Arsenal and AC Milan, as well as the Magpies.

Both clubs have confirmed that they are not in talks about a possible move for the midfielder, with Lyon stating the reason that the player was missing from training was due to injury rather than discussions with other clubs.

Lacazette interest

Newcastle have become a haven for young French stars to get into the Premier League, with plenty of Ligue 1 players deciding to move to the north to get the chance to play in the highest level of English football.

The team are said to still be interested in trying to lure Lyon’s Alexander Lacazette to St James Park, and are working on a possible transfer for Loic Remy, who was on loan at the club last year and his proposed move to Liverpool fell through after a failed medical.

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