Sunderland transfer latest: Black Cats step up pursuit of Swansea striker Andre Ayew

first_img Swansea striker Andre Ayew Sunderland are upping their bid to sign Swansea striker Andre Ayew before the January window slams shut next Monday.Sam Allardyce is desperate to bolster his squad for the fight against relegation and sees the Ghana international as the perfect man to lead their great escape.The Black Cats first registered their interest earlier this month, but were swiftly rebuffed with the Swans insisting their summer signing was simply not for sale.Sources on Wearside on Tuesday played down suggestions the club has returned with an offer of £10million, plus Italian striker Fabio Borini.However, it is understood there HAS been further contact over the 26-year-old and that Sunderland still hold a firm interest in Ayew.Although it remains to be seen whether or not the Welsh outfit is prepared to do business with new boss Francesco Guidolin at the helm.Guidolin, a compatriot of Italy striker Borini, oversaw a victory in his first game in charge as the Swans beat Everton 2-1 on Sunday to boost their hopes of avoiding the drop.Former Marseille man Ayew scored the decisive goal in that game, his eighth of the campaign.Borini, who joined the Black Cats for a fee which could eventually rise to £10million from Liverpool last summer, has managed just two this season. 1last_img read more


first_imgA WOMAN gave a two-fingered salute to anti-austerity protestors from Co Donegal at the weekend is NOT a member of Fine Gael, the party insisted today.Buncrana woman Caroline McGonagle, who was among protestors at the Ard Fheis in Dublin, told yesterday that she had heard about someone giving the protestors the fingers on Saturday at the Ard Fheis.However Fine Gael said today that they had “no idea who the woman in the picture is” and said they weren’t sure “that this picture was even taken last Saturday.” Meanwhile Minister of State Roisin Shortall admitted on RTE the new household tax “was far from ideal as a system and far from ideal how it was handled”.Deputy Shortall dismissed suggestions it had been a “complete disaster” saying it had proved “problematic”.It is estimated that around half of all eligible households have not paid the charge.As of this afternoon a total of 829,312 people had registered to pay the charge, including waiver applicants. That is an increase of 25,000 on Saturday’s figure. However, no campaigners continue to dispute a figure of 1.6m households being eligible, claiming it is closer to 1.8m.That would mean one million households haven’t paid. TWO FINGERED SALUTE WOMAN: ‘SHE’S NOT A MEMBER OF FINE GAEL’ INSISTS PARTY was last modified: April 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:REVEALED: THE FINE GAEL DELEGATE WHO GAVE TWO-FINGERED SALUTE TO DONEGAL PROTESTORSlast_img read more