Premier League duo hold ‘secret talks’ over swoop for Villa star

Date published: Wednesday 18th May 2016 1:07 - Oli Fisher

Jordan Ayew: Villa exit moves closer

Aston Villa top scorer Jordan Ayew may be set for an immediate return to the Premier League, with Crystal Palace and West Ham interested.

GhanaWeb claim that according to English sources, the London clubs have initiated ‘secret talks’ over a deal to sign Ayew.

The two Premier League outfits have reportedly made contact with his representatives to gauge interest ahead of a possible summer move.

The 24-year-old has been a bright spark in an otherwise dismal season for the Birmingham club, in which they amassed just 17 points, with Ayew top scorer having netted seven times.

Villa are reportedly ready to cash in on the Ghana international as their rebuilding efforts for a tough Championship season begin.

Based on the saga that occurred with Ayew at Lorient, Villa might not want to stand in the player’s way, as he blasted the French club for blocking a proposed move in July last year.

“It is incomprehensible,” said Ayew.

“I was told that I could leave for 12 million Euros,” he told L’Equipe, adding “but now they are asking for 10 million in pounds with two million in bonuses, which makes up about 17 million Euros. What the hell!

“This meeting finished very badly. I am really very annoyed, but it is incredible what they are doing to me. They were telling me about how much Amavi was bought for by Aston Villa, but I am not Amavi.

“We are two different players who have two different situations. They are basically saying that English clubs can only pay more because they have money.

“It is finished for me, they bought me for 5 million Euros and they are blocking me. I am in Birmingham, I am on my way to Aston Villa. Nothing will change my decision. I told them: But why do you want to keep me at this point?”

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