By Will Butcher
Andre Ayew has revealed that he will leave West Ham in January to compete for Ghana at the African Cup of Nations.
The 27-year-old will line up alongside the likes of captain Asamoah Gyan, brother Jordan Ayew and Premier League champions Jeffrey Schlupp.
Ayew told West Ham’s official website that he would have stayed in east London had it not been for a burning desire to secure AFCON glory with his the Black Stars.
“The Africa Cup of Nations is coming and it has been part of my dreams been since I was a kid,” Ayew said.
“We have been very close to winning it and hopefully one day we are going to bring this trophy home. “It would have been good to stay at the Club, but wearing my national colours is something I dreamt of when I was young.”
Signed in the summer from struggling Premier League Swansea for £20million, Ayew missed two months of football after a tearing his groin against Chelsea on his debut.
The former Marseille forward made his return from injury against Everton at the end of October, but is yet to feature for a full 90 minutes in the claret and blue of West Ham.
However, the 69-time Ghana international opened his account for the Hammers against old side Swansea on Boxing Day and could tempt Bilic into trusting him with an entire 90 minutes.
With Ayew set to leave to represent Ghana towards the end of January, Bilic will be hoping his versatile attacker can begin to find a run of form that will see him begin to repay his excessive transfer fee.
Ayew is likely to feature for the Hammers on New Year’s Eve, as they travel to Leicester to face Claudio Ranieri’s side at the King Power Stadium.
In other West Ham news, David Moyes has given this response to reported interest from West Ham in striker Jermain Defoe.