The 28-year-old forward returns to Wales having left the Swans to join West Ham for £20.5 million almost 18 months ago
Swansea City have re-signed Andre Ayew from West Ham United in a club-record deal. Ayew has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract at the Liberty Stadium after the Swans agreed an undisclosed fee with the Hammers. The 28-year-old forward returns to Wales having left the Swans to join West Ham for £20.5 million almost 18 months ago. He had joined the Swans on a free transfer just a year before leaving for East London, Ayew’s sale was deemed good business at the time.
BACK TO SWANS
Now the Swans believe bringing Ayew back will be another shrewd move given the influence he could have in the Liberty dressing room, as club reported. He may not have enjoyed the happiest stint as a Hammer, but Ayew proved during his first stint as a Swan that he can deliver in the Premier League. He had previously shown his undoubted class in the colours of Marseille, while he has been a star of the Ghana side for a decade. Ayew has in the past worn the colours of Marseille, plus those of his country, alongside younger brother Jordan. Now the Jack Army can look forward to the intriguing prospect of seeing the Ayews playing in the same Swans team.
12 GOALS IN 35 APPEARANCES
His favourite position is probably on the right flank, where he can cut in and do damage with his left foot. But he can also operate behind the striker or as a leader of the line. Ayew was often deployed as a centre-forward during his previous season with the Swans, when he finished as the club’s top scorer. Signed from Marseille in June 2015, he made a memorable start to life in English football when he scored on debut against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He scored more than 50 times in almost 200 appearances at Marseille, while he netted 12 goals in 50 games – only 31 of which were starts – for West Ham. His Swans record of 12 goals in 35 appearances was particularly impressive given that he was part of a side which struggled for much of the 2015-16 season.