Report: West Ham will have to pay £14.3m for Premier League rivals’ international star
By Will Butcher
West Ham must pay £14.3million if they want to sign Swansea’s star-man Andre Ayew this summer, according to a report.
The BBC reported on Saturday that the Ghanaian star has been linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium this summer, with the Hammers facing stiff competition from London counterparts Chelsea.
Goal.com have now reported that Ayew would command a fee of over £14million, just one year after signing for the Welsh club.
The 26-year-old joined Swansea last summer on a free transfer from Ligue 1 side Marseille, and scored 12 goals in 34 Premier League appearances for Swansea in his debut season in English football.
Manager Francesco Guidolin is under no pressure to sell his star-man, with three years still remaining on his contract. The former Lorient loanee could be tempted to move though with West Ham being able to offer then lure of European football.
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The versatile forward is predominantly a left-winger, but can also play on the right, as a number 10 and as a centre-forward himself.
Swansea’s number 10 would become West Ham’s seventh signing this summer if he was to put pen to paper at the Olympic Stadium.
Manager Slaven Bilic has brought in international stars Gokhan Tore, Havard Nordtveit and Sofiane Feghouli to bolster his ranks as the East London side prepare for a European campaign.
In other West Ham news, left-back Aaron Cresswell is a doubt for The Hammers opener against Chelsea.