By Anthony Onifade

2nd Feb, 2023 | 8:10am

Everton to hold talks with Andre Ayew, player in England with agent to discuss move

Everton will hold talks with out-of-contract forward Andre Ayew to discuss a free transfer, with the player and his agent currently in London to speak to interested clubs, according to iNews journalist Mark Douglas.

The 33-year-old veteran forward was reported [Daily Mail, 31 January] to be of interest to the Toffees on transfer deadline day, with the club willing to do a deal outside the transfer window.

French outlet L’Equipe [31 January] then suggested that the Ghanian international was in “advanced discussions” with Everton, with a return to the Premier League looking likely for the former Swansea striker.

The former Premier League star reportedly pocketed a £2.5million “golden handshake” in order to free himself from a contract at Al-Sadd, in order to move back to the English top flight.

And according to Douglas, reporting for iNews [1 February], Ayew is currently in the UK to discuss a move with Premier League clubs, and Everton will hold talks to sign the player “as dark clouds gather over a mutinous Goodison Park”.

Douglas goes on to state that beyond exploratory talks, it is far from certain a deal will be agreed with Ayew and that such a low fee and lost cost deal feels a fitting epitaph for club’s “jaw-dropping dry January”.

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Desperation

It was incredibly disappointing that the Toffees could not add to Sean Dyche’s squad when he desperately needed attacking reinforcements.

The club owner Farhad Moshiri promised the club faithful that the club would invest in a forward during the window, and reports suggesting that Everton are in talks with a player arguably past his best and outside the transfer window will indeed further anger the club fanbase.

It is a move which smacks of pure desperation and a further indication as to how incompetent and thoughtless the Toffees board are towards the club’s dire situation.

Where’s the plan, the strategy and the club vision? That’s a question that has been on the fans’ and neutrals’ lips for a long while, and it’s one that will keep on lingering as long as Moshiri remains club owner.