English Premiership side Crystal Palace remain in talks with Swansea City over a deadline-day deal for Ghanaian want-away striker Jordan Ayew as Thursday’s 5pm deadline edges ever nearer.
The 26-year-old has not trained with the club in the wake of interest from the Eagles, initially in a swap deal that would have brought Jairo Riedewald to the Liberty Stadium.
Swans boss Graham Potter confirmed on Tuesday that the former Aston Villa forward had chosen not to report for training as he looks to force through his exit from the club.
Ayew has not attended training in recent days as he looks to force through a move to Crystal Palace.
While Riedewald had baulked at the idea of moving to South Wales, discussions have continued with Palace over a transfer to take Ayew to Selhurst Park. Other clubs are also understood to be interested, but Palace appear to be the leading contenders as things stand.
Swansea have been left angered by the Ghanaian’s conduct and there is a desire to move him on, but the club are adamant he will not be allowed to leave unless a deal is deemed to be in their best interests.
Potter had suggested on Tuesday that Ayew would face “an interesting time” if the window shuts and he remains on Swansea’s books.
“He just has not been here, so that tells you that he is not part of what we are trying to do by his own actions,” Potter had said.
“It’s really whether we can get a good enough deal for the club otherwise it’s going to be an interesting time for him.
“We know the situation and we are trying to find a solution.”
Ayew was again absent from training as the Swans held an open session at the Liberty, although he briefly made an appearance at the ground as the event ended before making a swift exit.