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Landing deal for Ayew would rejuvenate Southampton’s strikeforce

Landing deal for Ayew would rejuvenate Southampton’s strikeforce

With the signing of Jannik Vestergaard now wrapped up and Southampton’s defence ultimately strengthened, manager Mark Hughes’ next course of action could be to get a centre-forward through the door.

On top of Vestergaard, Angus Gunn, Stuart Armstrong and Mohamed Elyounoussi have been brought in to improve Hughes’ options in between the posts, midfield and attacking midfield, leaving the striker position the only area of the squad yet to be tuned this transfer window.

Record signing Guido Carrillo has left the club on loan, while the remainder of Southampton’s strikeforce remains unconvincingly poor for various reasons.

With that in mind, Hughes will be desperate to see a new centre-forward arrive at St. Mary’s before the new Premier League campaign kicks off in August.

And if the former Stoke City and Manchester City boss is looking for a low-cost solution, then Swansea City’s Jordan Ayew could be a good one.

Ayew, who is valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, could be available for a decent price after the Swans’ relegation to the Championship.

The Ghana international scored seven goals in 36 Premier League appearances last season, and could perform even better at Southampton with better players alongside him.

Ayew would also inject pace into the Saints’ side and, overall, could be a clever bit of business done by the club.

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