West Ham United has signed striker Andre Ayew for a club-record £20.5 million. The Ghanaian international has signed a three-year deal with an option for an additional two years.
Ayew, 26, spent last season at Swansea City after joining the club on a free transfer from Ligue 1 side Marseille where he played with Hammers forward Dimitri Payet. He led the Swans in goalscoring last season with a tally of 12 goals in 34 appearances and can be used as a striker, winger or attacking midfielder.
“I am very proud and happy to be at this magnificent Club,” Ayew told West Ham’s official website. “I am happy to be playing for these fans and I hope to make the people very happy here.
“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 onto another level and I want to be part of this project.
“I want to train hard, do my job and show that I deserve to play for West Ham United. I want to give back to the manager and the fans the confidence they are showing me.”
Ayew has been capped 67 times by Ghana, representing his nation in the two last World Cup tournaments in South Africa and Brazil, finding the back of the net 11 times.
The £20.5 million transfer fee is a new club record, beating the previous record of £15 million that they paid for Andy Carroll back in 2013 when he joined the Hammers from Liverpool.