On the 8th August 2016, West Ham announced the signing of Andre Ayew for a then club record fee of £20.5 million from Swansea City.
The Ghanaian international joined the Hammers off the back of an impressive debut season for the Swans. After joining the Welsh side on a free transfer from Marseille, Ayew scored 12 goals in his first season in England, impressing then West Ham manager Slaven Bilic enough to shell a club record transfer fee for the African striker.
fantastic signing! #WelcomeAyew
— Tom Goodman (@tomwgoodman) August 8, 2016
Great buy! #COYI
— Leonardo Pucci (@LeoSsl) August 8, 2016
unbelievable signing lads
— Joe (@BoulcottJoe) August 8, 2016
welcome Andre,now do the business on the field
— ron newman (@ronnewman55) August 9, 2016
welcome Andre! Can’t wait to see you in action! Top signing! Irons
— Tom Hatcher (@hatchtom70) August 9, 2016
good luck Andre, hope you are a success and look forward to seeing you in action at our new stadium! COYI
— Mark Shurben-Browne (@MarkShurben) August 8, 2016
— Admiral Ackbar (@matthewcoster) August 8, 2016
The transfer, though, ended being a bust for West Ham.
In 50 appearances for the club, Ayew only scored 12 goals and assisted five for the east London side. A hamstring injury at the start of the season disrupted what was meant to be a promising start for the attacker, but the Ghanaian international was ultimately unable to recapture his form for Swansea for the London team in his first full season with the Hammers.
After 18 months at the club, Ayew was sold back to Swansea for a reported fee of £18 million. David Moyes admitted that the striker wanted to leave the club, however, the attacker’s second-spell in Wales was just as underwhelming as his time in the English capital.
Ayew made 12 appearances and failed to score a goal in his second spell with the Swans, who were ultimately relegated to the Championship after a disappointing final season in the Premier League.
Like most highly-paid players for a relegated side, Ayew opted to make a move away from Swansea, ending up at Turkish side Fenerbahce for a season-long loan with an option for the move to become permanent at the end of the campaign.
Ayew’s time in the Premier League will be looked back on as weird and confusing. The Ghanaian international arguably made the wrong decision moving to West Ham just a season after one full season in England, and Hammers fans will remember the striker as one of the worst buys the club has made in recent years.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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