West Ham United have smashed their transfer record to land Swansea forward Andre Ayew.
The 26-year-old winger is the latest arrival in a busy summer for the Hammers, who have agreed to pay 20.5million in order to complete the deal.
And that sum easily beats the club’s previous record outlay of £15million, paid to Liverpool for Andy Carroll three years ago following a successful season on loan.
News of Ayew’s impending arrival was announced via twitter by Jack Sullivan, son of co-owner David Sullivan:
@AyewAndre is now a West Ham player, he has signed for £20.5m!!
— Jack Sullivan (@jsullivanwhu) August 8, 2016
West Ham’s interest in the Ghanaian international was confirmed yesterday by Slaven Bilic prior to the friendly against Juventus, which the visitors won 3-2.
“We are very close to signing Andre Ayew from Swansea,” he said, adding: “It’s almost done, but until it’s done it’s never done!