Newcastle offer four-year contract to Marseille star - reports

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NEWCASTLE United have tabled an offer for Andre Ayew, according to reports in France.

The Magpies have reportedly offered the Marseille midfielder a four-year deal.

Ayew is out of contract in the summer and able to sign a pre-contract agreement, but Newcastle face competition for the Ghana international’s signature from a number of clubs at home and abroad, including Liverpool and this Sunday’s opponents, Everton.

Ayew, also wanted by clubs on the continent, among them Borussia Dortmund and Roma, is not expected to make a decision on his future until next month at the earliest.

Newcastle, crucially, can’t offer the 25-year-old European football.

Ayew, an African Cup of Nations finalist with Ghana last month, has long been tracked by the Tynesiders, whose chief scout, Graham Carr, is particularly well connected in France.

Newcastle face another summer of rebuilding at St James’s Park.

The squad is short in a number of areas, and there are question marks over the future of Cheik Tiote and Moussa Sissoko in midfield.

And the reported offer to Ayew suggests planning is well advanced despite the uncertainty over the head coach role, which John Carver is filling until the end of the campaign.

Carver is preparing his side for their visit to Goodison Park, where the 50-year-old hopes to have Remy Cabella and keeper Rob Elliot back from injury. Former Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback has now served a two-game suspension.

Massadio Haidara is also battling to return from a knee problem.

Carver, however, will be without top scorer Papiss Cisse, who is banned for the next seven games after admitting an FA charge of spitting.

Meanwhile, striker Ayoze Perez, set to return to the starting XI at Goodison Park in the absence of Cisse, was honoured in his homeland this week.

The 21-year-old forward was named as Tenerife’s best sportsman for 2014.