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21st Oct, 2016 | 10:03am

David Gold drops selection hint ahead of West Ham clash against Sunderland

By Will Butcher

West Ham co-owner David Gold has revealed that forward Andre Ayew is in contention to face Sunderland on Saturday.

The Ghana international has been sidelined for two months after tearing his groin against Chelsea during his West Ham debut back in August.

However, Ayew returned to first-team training on Thursday and Gold revealed on his personal Twitter account that he was delighted to see the former Swansea man back with the side.

The 26-year-old’s inclusion in the Hammers squad will come as a huge boost to West Ham fans, after target man Andy Carroll was ruled out for a longer period than expected with a knee injury.

Ayew moved to East London this summer for £20million after starring in a mediocre Swansea side last season.

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The Hammers’ number 20 scored 12 league goals last term as well as adding five assists during his 34 appearances for the Welsh outfit, despite not playing as a centre forward.

With Ayew back in the side, Bilic’s side could look to secure just their third win of the Premier League season at home to struggling Sunderland.

A win could see Ayew and co. move up to 13th if other results go their way. A first league win for David Moyes’ side though could see the Hammers drop back into the relegation zone.

In other West Ham team news, this could be the side to face Sunderland at the London Stadium.