Andre Ayew set to snub Everton for Nottingham Forest move

The former Swansea forward terminated his contract in the last few days but they’ve been beaten to the punch again by a Premier League rival.

Everton look set to miss out on another signing as Nottingham Forest are closing in on the transfer of Andre Ayew on a free transfer.

According to Sky Sports News, Forest are in advanced negotiations to sign Ayew until the end of the season. However, Forest need to complete loan move of Lewis O’Brien to Blackburn which is in doubt or there will be no room to register Ayew in their squad.

The former Swansea forward terminated his deal with Al-Sadd FC on January 29 and quickly became an option for Forest and Everton, with both keen on signing the versatile winger. The free agent market is always a mixed bag, but his prior Premier League experience saw him stand out from the rest.

It would see the forward reunite with former boss Steve Cooper, with the pair enjoying a successful time together at Swansea, as they reaced the play-offs in two consecutive seasons together.

This season for Al-Sadd has been a mixed bag, with only four goals in 10 games. But last season was a stark contrast, as he scored 18 in 28 games and enjoyed a league and cup double.

With Everton failing to bring in anyone during the January window, they’ve seen the likes of Leeds, Bournemouth, Southampton and Forest all strengthen profusely, and fans are worried that the Toffees have been left behind.

For example, Forrest have signed Felipe, Chris Wood, Danilo, Gustavo Scarpa, Jonjo Shelvey, Keylor Navas and could add Ayew to that impressive list - that’s also after signing a total of 21 players during the summer.

Even with Everton’s £40m sale of Anthony Gordon, it looks like they will miss out again here. What will be the most frustrating is that he could have been perfect for Sean Dyche’s system, given his tactical and positional flexibility, he would have brought energy and experience.

On the other hand, Ayew’s best days are behind him. Even before his move to Al-Sadd, he had found his level in the Championship, where he was regularly finding the back of the net. Prior to that, he struggled in Turkey at Galatasaray and in the Premier League, netting only three goals during the 2017/18 season.

Whilst his output over recent years suggests he wouldn’t be a big loss, he would have added an extra option for Dyche in what would have been a low-cost, short-term deal.