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West Ham announce signing of Ayew in record deal

West Ham United have completed the signing of forward Andre Ayew from Swansea City for £20.5m.

Ayew signed for Swansea on a free transfer from Marseille in June 2015 and scored 12 goals in his first Premier League season.

“The club have a lot of ambition and have a great manager,” said Ayew.

“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.”

He is the club’s fifth signing this summer, as they prepare for their first season playing in the London Stadium.

Sofiane Feghouli, Havard Nordtveit and Ashley Fletcher signed on free transfers from Valencia, Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester United respectively.

On Monday, the Hammers also completed the transfer of French left-back Arthur Masuaku from Olympiakos in a deal worth a reported £6m.

The £20.5m fee for Ayew eclipses the £15m West Ham paid Liverpool for England striker Andy Carroll in June 2013.

Manager Slaven Bilic said recently: “We are trying to get quality players but we have marquee players. Feghouli is a marquee player, Tore is a marquee player.

 “Andre Ayew is a big time marquee player. It doesn’t have to be someone for 70 or 80 million, we can’t afford it. But we are close to signing a couple of them; if those two players come then I’m quite happy with my squad.”

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