West Ham signing: Bilic was key to me putting pen to paper
By Dominic Toner
Andre Ayew has confessed that manager Slaven Bilic was a huge reason he joined West Ham.
The Hammers signed the forward for a club-record £20.5million on Monday and Ayew has revealed the main reason he joined the club.
“He (Bilic) was a very big part of me joining the Club,” Ayew told the club’s official website. “He is a manager who has wanted me for the past few years and today I’m lucky to play under him.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to satisfy him, because his words when I spoke to him were very important to me and made me think we have a lot of work to do to get where we want to get to. I’m very happy he has confidence in me and I want to give it back to him.”
Bilic enjoyed a successful first season at the club and guided them to an eight-placed finish in the league, and has begun bolstering his squad for the new campaign.
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West Ham completed a double signing on Monday for defender Arthur Masuaku who will replace the injured Aaron Cresswell in the side.
The West Ham supporters have expressed their delight on Twitter over the capture of Ayew as the club have finally landed a marquee signing this summer.
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 could include the forward in their opening league fixture on 15 August against London rivals Chelsea.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club hope to complete a deal for a Euro sensation by the end of the week.