Football Insider pundit and former Celtic man Frank McAvennie has been reacting to the Hoops’ interest in Andre Ayew.
The Lowdown: Celtic’s Ayew interest
That’ll make Ayew a free agent, and wages are thought to be a key factor when it comes to the forward deciding on his next move.
The Latest: McAvennie reacts
McAvennie was asked by Football Insider about the club’s interest in Ayew, with a forward seemingly required after Odsonne Edouard told friends he will be leaving Parkhead this summer.
This is what the 61-year-old had to say in reply, making reference to Ayew’s Swansea wage worth £83,000-a-week.
“He didn’t do too well at West Ham.
“He’s done better at Swansea when he plays upfront as part of a two. He did alright in the playoffs.
“He scored a great goal in the first leg. He’s getting on a bit though. Is he going to come in on those wages?
“I’m not sure Celtic will sanction that if he’s demanding a high wage.
“It’s a name, he’s going to be free. I’m not really for or against it. If he comes, great.
“If he doesn’t, fine. We’ll get someone else.”
The Verdict: Is a deal realistic?
With Leigh Griffiths’ future also up in the air, new manager Ange Postecoglou may want more than one forward this summer, so offering Ayew crazy wages could be a costly call, as McAvennie suggests.
Celtic’s highest earner last season, excluding loanees, was Scott Brown on £23,000-a-week, so, on that basis, you’d expect Ayew would want a figure in the region of his previous pay packet in Wales.
The Hoops, therefore, may have to make the striker, who has scored 150 goals for club and country in his career, their highest earner.
It could make sense to end their interest in the African and look elsewhere, but only time will tell what Celtic and Postecoglou have planned.
In other news: Hoops linked with move for Yokohama F. Marinos forward, find out more here.
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