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Published: 08:49 | 9/8/16

Ayew completes West Ham move


West Ham have signed Swansea forward Andre Ayew in a club-record £20.5m deal.

The Ghana international will reunite with Dimitri Payet, who he played with at Marseille between 2013 and 2015 before joining Swansea on a free transfer last year.

Ayew scored 12 Premier League goals in his first and only season at the Liberty Stadium, including one his debut against Chelsea.

The Swams have agreed a £15m club-record fee with Atletico Madrid to sign Borja Baston as a direct replacement for Ayew, with the 23-year-old set for a medical this week.

The Spaniard scored 18 La Liga goals on loan at Eibar last year and 22 goals at Real Zaragoza in 2014-15.

The 26-year-old becomes West Ham's sixth major signing of the summer, joining defender Arthur Masuaku, forward Ashley Fletcher, midfielder Havard Nordtveit, and wingers Sofiane Feghouli and Gokhan Tore through the doors of the London Stadium.

Ayew, the son of three-time African Footballer of the Year Abedi Ayew and brother of Aston Villa forward Jordan Ayew, says the chance to work with manager Slaven Bilic was a major factor in his decision to move to the club.

"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," he told West Ham's official website.

"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."

West Ham's previous record transfer was the £15m paid to Liverpool for England striker Andy Carroll in June 2013.

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