West Ham United’s preparations for next season are coming together as they complete the signing of forward Andre Ayew from Swansea City for £20.5million and brought in cover for the injured Aaron Cresswell.
Ayew, 26, signed for Swansea on a free transfer from Marseille in June 2015 and scored 12 goals in his first Premier League season and now becomes the Irons’ record signing, beating the £15million paid for Andy Carroll three years ago.
The Ghana international signed a four-year deal to join team-mates as part of the West Ham “project”.
Ayew said: “The club have a lot of ambition and have a great manager.
“They want to become a bigger club every year and with the new stadium and a new training ground, you can feel they are moving on to another level and I want to be part of this project.”
On Monday, the Hammers also brought in French left-back Arthur Masuaku from Olympiakos for a reported £6million to cover for Cresswell who could be out for several months with a knee injury.
Meanwhile, another big money bid – around £20million – is still on the table for long-time target Carlos Bacca while the Irons rejected the offer of former Manchester Utd frontman Robin van Persie.
Who is Andre Ayew?
- He was born André Morgan Rami Ayew December 17, 1989, in Ghana
- He is the second son of three-time African Footballer of the Year Abedi “Pele” Ayew and has two brothers, Ibrahim and Jordan, who also are professional footballers.
- He began his career in Ghana’s Nania, debuting at 14, before joining his dad’s former club Marseille in 2005.
- After two seasons in the academy he made his first appearance in 2007-08 but was quickly loaned out.
- In 2010 he began his career again at Marseille under Didier Deschamp, making 200 appearances and winning trophies.
- He has earned over 60 caps for Ghana and captained the under-20 team that won both the 2009 African Youth Championship and the 2009 Fifa U-20 World Cup.
- He moved to Swansea in June 2015 on a free transfer and was named Premier League Player of the Month in August 2015.