Football: Andre Ayew joins West Ham from Swansea

Andre Ayew (left) celebrates after scoring the first goal for Swansea against Manchester City.
Andre Ayew (left) celebrates after scoring the first goal for Swansea against Manchester City.PHOTO: REUTERS

Paris (AFP) - Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew has joined West Ham United on a club record three-years deal from their Premier League rivals Swansea, the London outfit said on Monday.

The former Marseille winger and son of one-time African player of the year Adebi Pele, joined the Hammers for a fee of £20.5million (S$40.4 million).

"I am very proud and happy to be at this magnificent Club," the 26-year-old told West Ham's website.

"The Club have a lot of ambition and have a great manager. They want to become a bigger Club every year and with the new Stadium and a new training ground, you can feel they are moving onto another level and I want to be part of this project," he said.

Ayew scored 60 times in over 200 appearances at French outfit Marseille before joining Swansea last season.

Playing a key role in their 2014 World Cup campaign, Ayew has extensive international experience with Ghana.