Is Andre Ayew Our Only Hope For a January Signing!?
Unsurprisingly, and something I'm sure most of us expected a week or two ago when he was first linked, but a player at a top four La Liga club has turned down the opportunity of joining a side rock-bottom of the Premier League.
He's not the only one either, as head coach Carlos Carvalhal has spoken previously about how a number of targets have failed for the same reason.
Our hopes of signing West Ham United's Andre Ayew looked unlikely earlier this month when it was reported that the player wasn't interested in a return to the Liberty Stadium, but reports today suggest that he may now be open to the possibility of a return. Now there's a player who wants to come here!
Whether the reports are true of course, but you throw enough darts and you'll hit the target eventually so they say.
Sky Sports are now reporting that the Swans have increased their £14m bid for Ayew to £18m, but the Hammers want £20m. Oh, and they've also enquired about a possible swap deal that involves Ki Sung Yueng, a player that is out of contract in the Summer.
What to do!? There are two full days remaining to sign players, with no imminent signings expected or rumoured so far. Do we try to cash in some money for Ki, or you'd expect to leave in the Summer and reject a new deal. But that would leave us with three fit central midfielders - Tom Carroll, Leroy Fer and Sam Clucas - a trio who have hardly performed well this season, plus Leon Britton, who hardly ever gets picked. Another under-performer - Renato Sanches is injured yet again, while Jay Fulton and Roque Mesa have gone out on loan.
Are we really in a position to loan out Ki? We only need another injury to be struggling in a position that we were initially over-crowded in at the start of the season. Should we have kept hold of Mesa, and tried to get a fee for Ki to allow Ayew to return?
It's all hear'say at the moment anyway. So-called reports and speculation, but to say Swansea City have struggled in this transfer window (not to mention others previously) would be a massive understatement.
Yes, we're bottom of the League and it's tough to attract players in such a position, but maybe - in hindsight - we should prepare and build a better squad in the Summer to avoid being in such a struggling position? AGAIN. It's not as if we were lacking money in the Summer, or that there wasn't a great need to strengthen the squad. It couldn't have been more obvious to anyone that serious player investment was needed back in July/August, after we received around £57m for our two best players.
But how many times can we all repeat ourselves, and vent our frustration over this? It's a shambles and we're now paying the price for poor management and carelessness over squad management.
Given the fact that we're so close to deadlien day now, I'd be happy enough to see Ayew come in and join his brother up top. Neither Abraham nor Bony look capable of doing the business for us over 90 minutes and I do think he'd improve us somewhat. What do you think?