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Crystal Palace: Jordan Ayew closing in on permanent move

Crystal Palace: Jordan Ayew closing in on permanent move

Jordan Ayew is close to securing a permanent move from Swansea City to Crystal Palace following an initial loan spell at Selhurst Park last season.

According to Sky Sports, the 27-year-old is expected to undergo a medical when he returns from the Africa Cup of Nations following Ghana’s elimination at the hands of Tunisia on penalties.

Elsewhere, it is being reported that Crystal Palace will pay Swansea a fee of around £2.5m (per the BBC) to secure Ayew’s permanent services.

Ayew first arrived in English football back in 2015 when he joined Aston Villa from Lorient before signing for the Swans in the 2017 January transfer window.

It is quite surprising that Roy Hodgson has decided to make Ayew’s loan move a permanent one given the season the Ghanaian forward just had.

Bar from his versatility — he played up front and out wide last term (as per Transfermarkt) — he offered the team very little else.

In 20 Premier League appearances, Ayew scored just the one goal, finishing behind the likes of Jeffrey Schlupp and left-back Patrick van Aanholt in the scoring charts.

A cause for concern? Undoubtedly when you consider the fact that one of Crystal Palace’s other No.9s, Christian Benteke, also failed to score more than one goal in English football’s top flight.

Averaging 0.8 key passes per game, Ayew was hardly the most creative of sources in this Crystal Palace side either, paling in comparison to players such as Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, who both averaged 1.6 (as per WhoScored).

When you consider all of that, Hodgson should surely be looking elsewhere this summer.

Crystal Palace fans, do you think Ayew has done enough to earn a permanent move to Selhurst Park? Comment below!

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