It’s now official! West Ham signs Ayew after the Hammers agree to a £20.5 million transfer fee with Swansea
After weeks of speculations and rumors, West Ham has finally completed a £20.5 million transfer signing with rivals Swansea for Andre Ayew. According to the Hammers official website, it is a three-year deal with a two-year option.
The Ghanaian forward, who joined the Welsh side from Marseille in last summer’s transfer window made immediate impression, netting three goals in his first four league appearances including his debut against Chelsea. Andre Ayew made a total of 35 appearances with The Swans, netting 12 league goals to become the team’s highest goal scorer for the 2015/2016 season.
Swansea have made a major overhaul to their squad with new arrivals including Fernando Llorente from Sevilla and the departures of forwards Bafetimbi Gomis to Marseille, Alberto Paloschi to Italy’s Atalanta and Eder to French club Lille. Swansea coach Francesco Guidolin also have eyes for Leicester City’s Leonardo Ulloa.
West Ham on their own part have already unveiled new additions including striker Ashley Fletcher, wingers Sofiane Feghouli and Gokhan Tore and midfielder Havard Nordtveit.
Before joining Swansea, Ayew played for Marseille between 2007-15, scoring 60 times in 202 appearances. Ayew has also been capped 67 times by Ghana.
Although Ayew had a rosy start with The Swans last season, his performances dwindled towards the end with no goals between 2 February and 1 May. However, the Welsh side managed to avoid relegation finishing 12th on the table.
Nevertheless, West Ham coach Slaven Bilic is confident that Andre Ayew who has scored a couple of goals for Swansea in the pre-season will add depth and quality to his team as they look to challenge for the 2016/2017 Premiere league title.
As West Ham signs Ayew, the Ghanaian international expresses great happiness, saying he is”very proud and happy to be at this magnificent Club”. He also assured fans that he will work hard to ensure that he makes them happy too.
Moreover, reports have also revealed that Andre Ayew’s agent and father, Abedi Pele was in London to aid his second son reach favorable personal decisions with The Hammers. This he has achieved.