By Will Butcher

West Ham’s £20million record signing Andre Ayew will not have to undergo surgery on the thigh injury he suffered against Chelsea, according to a reliable journalist.

The 26-year-old was ruled out for four months and it was suspected that he’d need surgery to fix the problem.

However, BBC football journalist Oluwashina Okeleji revealed via his Twitter account that Ayew will not have to go under the knife.

The former Swansea attacker suffered the injury during a nightmare debut for the Hammers in their 2-1 loss to London rivals Chelsea.

This comes as a boost to West Ham, as it could mean that the versatile attacker’s time on the sidelines is reduced. Attacking spearhead Andy Carroll is also out injured with a knee problem, leaving manager Slaven Bilic without much choice in the attacking third.

The Swansea hitman scored 12 goals last season in all competitions and caught the attention of Bilic during his extensive search for a top-class striker.

West Ham have been very public in their pursuit of a top drawer goalscorer this summer and reportedly failed with bids for the likes of AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca, Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and Michy Batshuayi, before settling on Ayew.

With injuries to both players, former Croatia manager Bilic has revealed his interest in Man City striker Wilfried Bony in what is likely to be a loan move.

The Ivory Coast international would become Bilic’s ninth summer signing, adding to the likes of Havard Nordtveit, Gokhan Tore and Jonathan Calleri.

In other West Ham news, Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan could also be on his way to the London after jetting into England.