African PL star offered to play for Liverpool without wages, but Reds weren’t interested

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At the weekend, a decision made by Brendan Rodgers and the transfer committee last summer came back to haunt us.

Swansea’s exciting attacker Andre Ayew bagged two goals which helped the Welsh side win 3-1 at the Liberty. He signed from Marseille back in August, and has now reached double figures in the Premier League, proving himself to be an almighty bargain.

However, a report in the Daily Mail claims that Ayew, a boyhood Liverpool fan, had offered to play for us for free – such was his desperation to clinch an Anfield switch.

We rejected his advances, and instead spent £32.5m on Christian Benteke and acquired Danny Ings on a tribunal fee.

Agent Mark McKay of ExcelFoot, who helped seal Ayew’s move to Swansea, said: “It has always been Andre’s dream to play for Liverpool but unfortunately they opted to pursue other targets at the time.”

Interestingly, the report suggests Jurgen Klopp tried to sign Ayew during his time at Borussia Dortmund, so who knows what would’ve happened if the German had been in charge a little earlier.

Still, Ayew, although talented, is probably not a long-term option for Liverpool. He’s feisty and a hard-worker, but we wouldn’t swap him for our Brazilian attacking midfielders Coutinho and Roberto Firmino – or even Adam Lallana.

We’re likely to add to our attacking midfield roster this summer, with Liverpool scouting Javier Pastore and already in discussions with Andriy Yarmolenko’s agent, while Lazar Markovic is returning from his loan spell as well.


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