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Jordan Ayew's Crystal Palace future plunged into further doubt, this is why

By Michael Duah
Jordan Ayew's Crystal Palace future plunged into further doubt, this is why
Jordan Ayew's Crystal Palace future plunged into further doubt, this is why

Crystal Palace are on the verge of signing Dominic Solanke from Liverpool - which could spell bad news for Swansea City's Jordan Ayew.

National reports suggest the Eagles are in pole position to bring in Solanke until the end of the season, despite competition from Watford, Brighton, Bournemouth and Huddersfield.

Palace have tracked Solanke for some time, and reports in South London suggest that as a result Ayew's stay at Selhurst Park will come to a premature end.

Alexander Sorloth - another striker on the books in SE25 - will also be moved on, possibly to Belgian side Gent.

Ayew's time in London has been underpinned by disappointment; the 27-year-old has made 14 appearances for his temporary side but has failed to find the back of the net for them so far this season.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson has defended Ayew at points this campaign, despite his side struggling for goals.

"To be fair, Jordan Ayew hasn't done badly at all," Hodgson said earlier this month.

"Ayew has done well in the games and Alex Sorloth is coming back into some sort of form. So, at least, this year there are bodies and people competing for those places."

But it seems that action has been called for, and chairman Steve Parish has confirmed Palace's interest in former Chelsea man Solanke.

"We’re trying,” Parish told beIN Sports of a move for a striker. "These things are never straightforward, are they? If we can it would make a big difference, it’ll lift everybody."

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Asked whether Solanke could be the man Palace want, Parish added: "The papers are not miles off."

Ayew's move to Selhurst Park had looked set to be a permanent deal at one stage last summer, with Palace midfielder Jairo Riedewald proposed as a player to come the other way.

That deal did not transpire, and it now looks almost certain that Palace won't be signing the Ghanaian outright.

If Ayew were to return to South Wales he would more than likely to be loaned out again, with Graham Potter making it clear during the close season that the former Aston Villa man was not part of his plans.

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