By Anthony Onifade

1st Feb, 2023 | 4:51pm

£2.5m golden handshake for Andre Ayew ahead of potential Everton free transfer

Andre Ayew is expected to arrive in England within the next 24 hours for Premier League talks after receiving a £2.5million “golden handshake” freeing him from his contract with Al Sadd, according to journalist Sami Mokbel.

Fabrizio Romano reported on 1 February that the 33-year-old was on his way to London for talks with clubs, including Everton to discuss a free contract move.

Reports in the  Daily Mail [31 January] suggested that the 33-year-old was of interest to the Merseyside club and that a deal could be completed outside the transfer window.

And now according to Mokbel [1 February], the Ghana international is expected in England within the next 24 hours after being handed a £2.5 million golden handshake freeing him to return to the Premier League.

The report intriguing states that the forward needed to play just five more games to trigger the 12-month extension in his contract.

However, the forward is keen to explore a return to European football and reached an agreement with Al Sadd to pay him the remainder of his existing contract in which he receives worth £5million per season after tax.

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Not the Solution

The Toffees are under fire from their supporters after a failed transfer deadline day that saw them miss out on a number of last-minute targets as the relegation-threatened club ended January with no new signings.

What will further anger the fans was that Moshiri last month promised that the club will invest in a new forward to aid their quest in steering clear of relegation, and after failed attempts, it seems they have landed on the Ayew option.

This is incredibly disappointing and it is clear that the 33-year-old is not the solution, despite his success in Qatar. It’s uncertain whether he still holds the quality to cut it at the top level, especially after enduring a disappointing World Cup with Ghana.

The fact that the Toffees are even considering such a move just goes so much as to again highlight the club’s failures with recruitment and negligence of the club board. There is no plan, no strategy which makes new boss Sean Dyche’s unlikely attempt to help them battle against relegation all the more harder.

How many more managers will immediately be doomed to fail under such an incompetent board?