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Ayew praises West Ham amid rumoured interest; Atsu set for bumper deal

Olympique de Marseille winger Andre Ayew has dubbed West Ham United an ‘excellent team’ amid speculation linking him with a move to the newly promoted club, Sky Sports understands.

Ayew, 22, is believed to be on Sam Allardyce’s transfer wish-list heading into January.

The Ghana international has already proved that he can play on the biggest stage, having represented his country at the 2010 World Cup and his club in the UEFA Champions League, seemingly year after year.

Both Andre and his younger brother Jordan have been linked with moves away from the Stade Velodrome over the past few seasons.

Regarding the most recent speculation linking him with West Ham, Ayew [Andre] revealed:”We are very interested in playing abroad one day in our career.

“There is no official bid from West Ham and if there is a possibility of one arriving, we will speak to our advisors.

“West Ham are an excellent team.”

Andrew Ayew has bagged two goals and two assists in 12 league appearances for L’OM this season, while his brother Jordan has netted three goals in 11 matches, despite only three starts.

Atsu set for bumper deal

Ghana international winger Christian Atsu is currently in talks with FC Porto regarding a long-term contract extension, which would increase the release clause in his contract from €10 million to €30 million, Sky Sports reports.

Such a deal would surely price out reported suitors Tottenham Hotspur, who would not be willing to break the bank for the Porto starlet.

Atsu, 20, has been very impressive for Porto in the Champions League this term, with the Portuguese outfit considering him to be a long-term replacement for Manchester United transfer target James Rodriguez, who could be moved as soon as a legitimate ‘big money’ offer comes in.

King set for Blackburn loan

According to Sky Sports, Manchester United striker Josh King has agreed to join Blackburn Rovers on loan ahead of Thursday’s loan deadline.

King, 20, has been very impressive for Norway in 2012-13, having featured in four 2014 World Cup qualifiers, with one goal and one assist to his name.

Despite his good form for Norway, King has made just one appearance for Manchester United this term, accounting for just six minutes of playing time.

A move to the English Championship should definitely help the Norway international in terms of both playing time and development.

No concrete offers for Holtby or Huntelaar

Schalke 04 have yet to receive any concrete offers for superstars Lewis Holtby and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in advance of the January transfer window, according to the club’s general manager Horst Heldt.

“I have actually received no concrete enquiries for them,” Heldt told Deutsche Presseagentur.

“In terms of Lewis Holtby, I feel we are in a final phase (of contract talks). A decision could be quite close as it seems to actually be just about details.

“A decision could still be taken after the end of this current calendar year.”

Holtby and Huntelaar have combined for six goals and five assists in 24 league appearances for second-place Schalke 04 this season, while adding a combined four goals and four assists in eight Champions League matches.

Wed 21 November, 2012
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