Villa are reported to have had a bid of £9million accepted by Lorient for former Marseille striker Jordan Ayew, only for the Ligue 1 side to change the terms of the transfer and demand a bigger fee from Villa.
But Ayew has told the French press that he will go on strike if necessary to force through the move, claiming his club are pricing him out of a transfer to the Premier League.
Jordan Ayew is ready to go on strike to push through his move to Aston Villa after his French club Lorient threatened to hike up his price.
In a strong interview with L’Equipe newspaper, the 23-year-old striker said: “It is incomprehensible.
“I was told that I could leave for 12million euros, but now they are asking for £10million with £2million in bonuses, which makes up about 17million euros. What the hell!
“This meeting finished very badly. I am really very annoyed, but it is incredible what they are doing to me. They were telling me about how much [Jordan] Amavi was bought for by Aston Villa, but I am not Amavi. We are two different players who have two different situations. They are basically saying that English clubs can only pay more because they have money.
“It is finished for me, they bought me for 5 million Euros and they are blocking me. I am in Birmingham, I am on my way to Aston Villa. Nothing will change my decision. I told them: But why do you want to keep me at this point?”
Ayew, whose brother Andre signed for Swansea earlier this summer, admits he’s desperate to move to the Premier League: “It is the right moment. My wife speaks English. In any case I am no longer going to training. It is finished for me.
“It is true that I have a contract, but I had a good year, they will make a good profit and you cannot change the rules of the game like that. I can leave for one sum but if it is Aston Villa I am worth more. In my head in any case I have left.”