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Aston Villa Eyeing A Swoop For This £5m Swansea Ace To Bolster The Attack: Right Call From Smith?

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A stunning upsurge under Dean Smith saw Aston Villa scripting a Premier League return defeating Derby County in the playoff final. They are now expected to splash the cash in the ongoing summer window and reconfigure the squad to compete in the top-flight of English football.

The Claret and Blue have released a few of their star individuals but, at the same time, are monitoring an array of new names for the forthcoming campaign. According to website Football Ghana, Smith has identified Andre Ayew as one of his potential signings within the next couple of months.

The 29-year-old attacker is valued at around £5m and is likely to draw an end to his second stint at Swansea City. The Ghana international spent the 2018-19 campaign in Turkey with Fenerbahce after completing a season-long switch (with an option to make the deal permanent as confirmed by BBC Sport) a year ago.

The Super Lig giants have not triggered the clause yet whereas the Swans are looking to offload the Black Stars skipper to cut player wages upon failure of clinching an immediate promotion.

Aston Villa, meanwhile, have emerged as one of the potential suitors (with UAE champions Al Sharjah also said to be interested according to Football Ghana) following the return of 26-goal striker Tammy Abraham to his parent club Chelsea. Ayew still has a couple of years left in his Swansea contract, but he should entertain the offer and ply his trade at Villa Park to enjoy the buzz of Premier League football once again.

The former Marseille ace is hailed for his versatility as he is not only productive down the wide areas but also as a second striker as well as a centre-forward. His form might have dipped a bit over the past couple of years, but the experience and flexibility he offers would benefit the Villans in the attacking third.

Despite being 5 ft 9 in, Ayew is strong with the headed attempts. He offers massive work ethics, loves to tackle, fights it out to regain possession in midfield and tries to find the right pass upfront as well. His pace, physicality, link-up play along with goal-scoring attributes, would help the gaffer implement and execute a counter-attacking strategy with more efficiency as well as intensity. Roping in the Ghanaian would be a shrewd piece of transfer business by the club as they would attempt to retain their top-flight status and regain their lost glory in the upcoming months.

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