The 25-year-old was a big figure in France, scoring 60 French top-flight goals over the past five seasons and attracting plenty of attention from a number of European clubs.
With his contract expiring this summer, Ayew was hot property and Swansea City pulled off a real coup by bringing him in ahead of heavy competition, as per the club’s official website.
Signing Ayew on a four-year deal, the Welsh outfit further enhanced their position as an established top-half Premier League side and Redknapp feels it’s potentially a real value-for-money deal.
“An excellent free transfer. Had he not wound down his contract at Marseille he would command a transfer fee of around £15million,” Redknapp explained.
“I know there were other clubs chasing this guy, 25, so for Swansea to get him is a big coup. He can play wide and come into the middle or right down the centre.”
“This is a deal that if it comes off it could prove one of the best value-for-money transfers of the entire summer without capturing massive headlines,” he added.
What will Andre Ayew bring to Swansea City?
While not quite as imposing as Wilfried Bony, Swansea’s new signing is a powerful forward who can chip in with goals and provide superb link-up player with the midfielders.
The Welsh outfit have made good use of the French market in recent years, but Ayew’s arrival is arguably the most high-profile owing to his experience at the very top level.
A 25-year-old Ghana international forward with Champions League football under his belt, one solid season for Ayew in the English top-flight could cause his price tag soar.