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Marseille man’s USA display sure to re-ignite Liverpool interest

| 17.06.2014

Although it proved to be a futile strike for Ghana during the Black Stars’ opening World Cup defeat to the USA, Andre Ayew did his chances of securing a move to the Premier League no harm by smashing in the equaliser.

It’s already been widely reported that Liverpool were sniffing around Marseille’s winger-come-forward, while Newcastle and Manchester United are also thought to be keeping tabs on him.

The older brother of Jordan Ayew, who also plays for both Marseille and Ghana, looked to have secured at least a point for the Black Stars when he latched onto Asamoah Gyan’s back heel with an unerring finish past a helpless Tim Howard.

However, John Brooks’ last-gasp headed winner for the Americans put paid to that and now the Ghanaians have it all to do to progress, priced up as the 8/1 Group G outsiders with Ladbrokes.

Ayew had been at the heart of many good attacking moves for the Africans before scoring and the 24-year-old may just have added a few more pennies onto his rumoured £13m price tag.

He also showed that he can happily play in any position in a three-pronged attack behind a central striker, popping up in numerous positions against Jurgen Klinsmann’s side.

In this respect Ayew clearly fits the mould of player Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping to bring in, but with the added bonus of being a good few million cheaper than other proposed targets.

So far reported moves for Adam Lallana and Xherdan Shaqiri have stalled with differing valuations from buyer and seller thought to be the reason.

The Ligue 1 star netted seven goals and directly laid on another four for his Marseille teammates this season.

Ayew is quick, athletic and more than content dribbling with the ball, which bodes well for any future move to English shores.

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Christian Crowther

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