, Leeds United linked £20m striker comments on transfer rumours – clear message

Leeds United linked £20m striker comments on transfer rumours – clear message

With the Sky Bet Championship season at its halfway point, sides are jockeying for position and no doubt heavily into plans for the winter transfer window that opens in nine days.

Leeds United are amongst those clubs undoubtedly weighing up the options, the Whites already being linked to strikers such as Che Adams (Southampton) and Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen). That’s recent news, coming over the last day or so, but United have been linked with many others, including Swansea City striker Andre Ayew.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side was linked by GHANAsoccernet.com to Ayew who said at the time Leeds United are “set to tempt Swansea with [a] lucrative offer for in-form Andre Ayew.” Citing that the Whites would need “reinforcement in January if they are to finally secure Premier League football,” the online source state that Ayew is who they will turn to.

29-year-old Ayew, a French-born Ghanaian joined the Swans on deadline day of the January 2018 winter window, signing from West Ham for the princely fee of just over £20million. This was the reverse of a deal which saw him move from Swansea to West Ham in early August 2016 for nearly £22million.

However, the Ghanaian international has commented quite clearly on the above rumours linking him to the Whites. Speaking to French broadcaster Canal+, in words carried by media site Get French Football News, Ayew refutes the rumours saying that he does not know anything about them.

He said of the links: “I am not aware of that. I don’t know anything. I don’t have any comment. I appreciate Marcelo Bielsa enormously. He is an incredible manager. We had a very very strong relationship at Marseille. And there you have it. That’s all I can say.”

In all honesty, that refuting of transfer links made concrete what Leeds United fans already knew. Confined to a large degree by the looming darkness of the EFL’s FFP regulations, Leeds United cannot afford to go out and splash the cash recklessly on a £20million striker such as Ayew, no matter how good that striker is.

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