Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew will stay at French side Marseille at least until January after failing to sign for Queens Park Rangers despite arriving in London to seal a deal to beat the transfer deadline, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
Marseille reached an agreement with the English Preimer League side over the transfer fee of the player which led to the player dashing from France to London to seal the deal, sources close to the player told Ghana's leading football news website.
However, Ayew could not reach a deal with QPR over his wages which led to the deal collapsing just minutes before the transfer window closed in the UK at 10pm Ghana time.
The wage proposal from QPR was far below what the highly-rated Ghana international earns at Marseille which means the winger would be better off financially if he stays at the French side, a relative of the player told GHANAsoccernet.com.
With his contract at Marseille running out in June next year, the French side risk losing their most-prized asset for free if they fail to convince him to extend his expiring contract.
The next opportunity Marseille have for selling the Ghana international is in January when the transfer window opens and Ayew will be keen on a move.
With the transfer deadline getting close last night, English giants Manchester United and arch rival Liverpool were said to have entered the last-minute race to sign Ayew.
This came after the France-based winger rejected a move to English side Hull City because the asking wage bill for youngster was too high for the Tigers.
The revelation sparked interest from all over the place in the youngster which has led to Manchester United and Liverpool reportedly joining the race to sign him.
However, it was only QPR who were in negotiation with the Ghana international midfielder in the English capital London.
These rumours have been flying around for the last few days, despite Ayew seemingly featuring prominently in the plans of new Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa.
The Argentine has used the forward in all four of their Ligue 1 games so far this season, with the Lille native having impressed in their recent 4-0 thrashing of Nice.
It could have been a surprise to see him leave Marseille, and his capture would no doubt be a coup for those middling Premier League sides.
He's a versatile, quick attacker capable of playing anywhere across the attack, with intelligent movement and excellent dribbling his best attributes. If he does move to England, he shouldn't have a problem adapting to the game.
Ayew was one of the most in-demand players on transfer deadline day as he was reportedly subject to interest from several clubs in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old Ghanaian international was linked with Aston Villa, Hull City, Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers, and would apparently cost in the region of £8 million.