Hammers to revisit Andre Ayew deal?

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Last Summer the Irons were pretty close to landing the Ghanaian international striker when he became a free agent after leaving Marseille but to no avail as he signed a huge deal to join Premiership rivals Swansea City.

Now it has emerged that 12 months later the Hammers are once again interested in the possibility of teaming up Andre with his old Marseille team-mate Dimitri Payet.

The two together along with Gignac gave Marseille one of the most potent strikeforce’s in France during the 2014/15 and 2013/14 seasons scoring 68 Ligue One goals between them.

It is widely considered that Guidolin wouldn’t want to sell Ayew after already losing Paloschi and Gomis this window but he does have an interest in Ener Valencia and both players seemed to be valued by either club at around the same £12m-£15m price range so there may be a possibility of working out a deal involving both.

Infact it was the latter, Batetimbi Gomis who convinced Ayew to join Swansea in the first place and with his departure already confirmed to Marseille there’s a possibility it may sway Andre on any decision to leave the Welsh club this Summer. There’s also the additional link with agent Mark McKay who helped with both Ayew and Payet deals last summer and is a preferred agent of the club.

It remains to be seen though how keen West Ham are on a player that is considered more of a wide forward/winger than a central striker but I’m pretty sure the imprint is still there on Slaven Bilic’s mind, how Ayew (playing in a central role) destroyed West Ham at Upton Park only just a few months ago as the visitors strolled to a 4-1 win which basically ended any hopes the Hammers had of qualifying for the Champions League.

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  • Zach
    26th July 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Would be fantastic to watch. Ayew has played CM before with APG up front in Marseille. Getting the swap would in fact push us in to a top 4 spot this year.

  • West Ham Fan No 32
    26th July 2016 at 3:11 pm

    He certainly isn’t a 15 – 20 goal striker in the PL, he is more likely a 1 – 3 to 4 game striker, not as good as Sakho and if Sullivan’s statement last season was true Swansea are paying him £110k a week so I doubt anything will come of this.

  • George Karby
    26th July 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Would not swap Valencia for a yew, Valencia Is much better if he’s on form and given the chance and played in the right position! With all our attacking midfielders now valencia will be getting balls in from everywhere!

  • Jon
    26th July 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Sullivan is full of it. No way are a club like Swansea paying this guy £110k a week. Think he would be a great signing, very versatile. Calleri needs to hit the ground running, especially if Sakho and /or Valencia leave.

  • 27th July 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Wages would be the problem as before and that was with no transfer fee to worry about. However swapping him for Valencia looks like very good business as he is more than simply a striker and certainly more worth to the team than Valencia can ever be. To claim Sakho is a better player, well I se no evidence for such a statement for the West Ham player not only doesn’t want to play but apart from that first 6 months is at best a 1 in 3 or 4 striker and without the versatility of Ayew who could cover both players positions. My only other concern would be his motivation which has been questioned at times for Swansea, but one can only hope that was because he had little competition and the team was going no where fast despite turning us over in that game when the club self destructed.