Ayew being serviced? Forest close to signing No. 29 after Everton rejection

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Everton to sign Ayew

Nottingham Forest are continuing their recruitment drive despite the transfer window being shut as they are set to sign free agent Andre Ayew.

The 33-year-old is without a club following his exit from Qatari outfit Al Sadd and is closing in on a short-term deal with Forest.

He is undergoing a medical and has turned down the chance to join Premier League rivals Everton in order to head to the City Ground.

If the deal gets completed, Ayew will be Forest’s 29th signing since winning promotion back to the Premier League last May, with the midlands club adding three players to their ranks on Tuesday’s transfer deadline day as Felipe, Jonjo Shelvey and Keylor Navas all joined.

Boss Steve Cooper knows the Ghana international well having worked with him at Swansea and his arrival will help cover injuries in the final third to Taiwo Awoniyi, Morgan Gibbs-White and Jesse Lingard.

Ayew, whose career began at Marseille, had two spells in English football with Swansea, either side of a two-year stay at West Ham.

He scored 31 goals in two Championship seasons with the Swans, enjoying his best ever goalscoring seasons in south Wales.

He has spent the last two years playing in Qatar, but is set to return to the English top flight, where he last played five years ago.

Cooper has spoken highly of Ayew in the past, saying in March 2021 when he was Swansea manager: “He brings a lot to the table for us, he is a big player, but it is important we stay focused on the job in hand, look at what comes next and treat that as the most important thing.

“Andre has experience, he is 31 and has played on big stages throughout his career, including international football.

“He likes to give back so he is forever sharing his thoughts and experiences with us.

“He is a real team player, he is very much part of the culture, he is always looking to guide and help the young players and he is a real positive influence.”

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