A month ago, it emerged that we were ‘willing to strike a deal’ for recently released Swansea star Andre Ayew.
The Ghanaian appeared to be a potentially attractive free agent, having bagged 35 goals and 11 assists across the past two seasons with the Championship side, however he’s yet another name that won’t be ending up at St James’ Park this summer.
Instead, he looks set to land a lucrative contract with Qatari giants Al Sadd SC, with the club announcing last night that he is en-route to Doha and set for a medical.
Here’s the announcement made by the club, confirming he’s on his way to the Middle East:
Both Ghana Soccernet and YEN.com – two of the leading outlets in Ghana – reckoned we were a serious contenders for his signature just this time last month, but it looks like he’s Middle-East bound instead.
He’s not the only out of contract African who has made their way to the middle east in recent times, with Christian Atsu heading to Saudi just last week and fellow former Mag Mo Diame ending up in the Qatari top flight following his release from Newcastle a few years ago.
Ayew wouldn’t have sold season tickets, but with Bruce’s transfer budget being so limited and us needing to sign another forward to ease the pressure on Callum Wilson’s shoulders, a free agent move for the 31-year-old could have been a smart one.