Ayew sets special target for West Ham opener v Chelsea
By Alex Taylor
West Ham star striker Andre Ayew has set his targets for the team’s Premier League opener against Chelsea on Monday.
The 26-year-old forward joined the east London outfit earlier this month following his club-record £20.5million move from Swansea.
Ayew was signed by Slaven Bilic as the Croatian boss looked to bolster his attacking options at the Olympic Stadium next season.
“I would love to get on the scoresheet straight away,” Ayew told the West Ham website. “I am going to have a good week of training behind me and hopefully we can go there and get a good result.”
“It will be tough against Chelsea in front of their new manager and their home fans. We want to start the season really well, but we know it is going to be a difficult game. We are playing away from home but it is not impossible for us to get a good result.”
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The Swansea attacker has become the club’s most expensive signing ever, eclipsing the £15million paid for Andy Carroll in 2013.
Ayew, who plays predominantly on the left wing, was thought to be interested in West Ham last summer before eventually joining Swansea on a free transfer.
The Swansea hitman scored 12 goals last season in all competitions and caught the attention of the Hammers during their extensive search for a top class striker.
West Ham have been very public in their pursuit of a top drawer frontman this summer and have reportedly failed in bids to bring the likes of AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca, Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and Michy Batshuayi to the club.
Bilic now looks likely to include the forward in West Ham’s opening league fixture in three days time.
In other West Ham transfer news, Dimitri Payet could be set to return to the West Ham starting line-up against Chelsea on Monday.