Andre Ayew: Garry Monk was the reason I signed for Swansea City

Ayew turned down Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle and West Ham to move to Swansea.

Andre Ayew completed his transfer to Swansea last week, and he has admitted to the South Wales Evening Post that Garry Monk was the reason he moved to Wales ahead of some more illustrious suitors.

“The most important person was the coach, Garry Monk,” he said. “When I spoke to him, and also to the chairman, they gave me the feeling that I needed that I was ready to join.”

Despite moving to the Swans, Ayew was one of the most in-demand players heading into the summer transfer window, following the expiration of his contract with Marseille.

The Ghanaian international penned a four-year deal at the Liberty Stadium, turning down potential moves to West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle to sign the deal in Wales.

Agreeing a deal for Ayew was a real coup for Swansea, with the 25-year-old considered one of the best players in Ligue 1 last term, and with the Welsh club unable to offer the same kind of draw as the other interest parties.

Newcastle were linked with Ayew by the Mirror, and they can offer financial benefits to outweigh Swansea, while both Tottenham - linked by ESPN - and West Ham - linked by the Telegraph - have European football next season.

Yet, after meeting head coach Garry Monk, Ayew chose to move to the Liberty Stadium, and his signing shows a real progression at Swansea - with them now able to sign some of the best players in European football ahead of rival clubs.

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