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Newcastle looking to continue French raid

The Magpies managed a fifth place finish at the end of the campaign and remained in the race for Champions League qualification until the very last day of the campaign.

Conversely, the requirements of multiple tournaments proved too much for Marseille as they stumbled to a tenth place finish in Ligue 1.

The French outfit are supposedly in a poor financial state and may be forced into selling some of their bigger stars in the coming months in order to balance the books.

When looking at Marseille’s 2011-12 season, Ayew certainly falls under that category.

The 22 year-old made 40 appearances for his club this season, scoring an impressive 16 goals and making four assists in the process.

As things stand, Ayew is currently on the injury table and if a move does come about, it won’t be until July when he eventually returns to full fitness.

Newcastle have the unusual conundrum of having two superstar strikers at the club, however the setup doesn’t appear to be working.

Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cissé have both had their stints of prolific scoring in the past year but it’s definitely the latter who finished the season better off.

With Cissé emerging as the more valued asset, Demba Ba could make his way out of the side this summer as the North East club could opt for a formation that includes just one striker and use the wings more to their advantage.

Although they would certainly look to keep both at the Sports Direct Arena, neither would be expected to settle for a replacement role.

Ayew is also a Ghanaian international and has made over 40 appearances for the senior side despite his young age.

Newcastle have already shown the power of their French-speaking players at the club, most notable of which is the aforementioned Ba and Cissé, as well as Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux.

Should Ayew complete a move away from the Stade Velodrome, his signature is allegedly valued at £12m although that value could change according to Marseille’s need for the cash.

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