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Jordan Ayew loan should fill Roy Hodgson with delight

Jordan Ayew loan should fill Roy Hodgson with delight

According to Sky Sports, Crystal Palace are on the verge of signing Swansea outcast Jordan Ayew on a season-long loan.

The Ghanaian forward (valued at £7.2m on Transfermarkt) has refused to train with the Championship outfit, as speculation swirled regarding his future in Wales.

Now it looks like Crystal Palace will benefit from his services for the 2018/19 season, in what is a very successful bit of business on deadline day.

While Palace have certainly bolstered their attacking options this transfer window with the signing of Max Meyer from Schalke, their lack of a striker has been well documented. Christian Benteke appears to be declining and has struggled for form for the past year, shown by his very modest three goals in 30 Premier League games last season.

Ayew, on the other hand, had a slightly more successful season for the team that he was in. Seven goals and two assists are certainly not the greatest numbers, but for a relegated club, that’s a fairly healthy return. But for large parts of last season, he certainly appeared to be the only player that could keep Swansea up, earning him the Players’ Player of the Season accolade.

The capture of Ayew, alongside the growing likelihood of retaining Wilfried Zaha, are reasons for Roy Hodgson to be filled with optimism going into the new season. Having a forward with a good eye for a goal will relieve Zaha of a lot of pressure, as at times it seemed as if he was the only source of goals for Palace last season.

There is also the possibility of attracting Jordan’s brother Andre Ayew (currently loaned at Fenerbahçe) to Selhurst Park at a later date, which may be something at the back of the minds of the Palace board.

With only hours left of the transfer window, this looks like very good business for Palace, as they come close to solving their goalscoring problem.

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