Reports: West Ham discussed swap deal for Andre Ayew, £16m deal close

Swansea's Andre Ayew scores their third goal

West Ham United are reportedly closing in on a deal for Andre Ayew.

Swansea's Andre Ayew scores their third goalSwansea's Andre Ayew scores their third goal against Liverpool

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United held discussions over swapping Enner Valencia for Swansea City attacker Andre Ayew - but The Sun claim a £16m deal to send away to East London is now close. 

The Hammers have hit a brick wall in their attempts to bring in a new striker this summer, but manager Slaven Bilic seems to have set his sights on a Premier League attacker.

Andre Ayew celebrates after scoring the first goal for Swansea

The Sun claim that the Hammers are close to completing a £16m deal to sign Swansea City star Andre Ayew, paying the Ghanaian around £75,000-a-week if the move goes through.

Ayew, 26, hit 12 goals for Swansea last season having signed on a free transfer from French side Marseille - but now appears to be heading to the Olympic Stadium, if reports are to be believed.

Enner Valencia celebrates scoring the second goal for West HamEnner Valencia celebrates scoring for West Ham

The alleged move to sign Ayew in a big-money comes after talks were reportedly held over a possible swap deal. The Daily Mail report that West Ham and Swansea City had discussed a move where Ayew would head to the Olympic Stadium, with striker Enner Valencia heading the other way.

Swansea have not only sold Eder and Alberto Paloschi this summer, but another striker appears to be leaving the club in Bafetimbi Gomis, leaving manager Francesco Guidolin with few options in attack.

Andre Ayew celebrates scoring the second goal for Swansea

Valencia would fit the bill, with question marks over his future at West Ham. The Ecuadorian joined the Hammers having impressed at the 2014 World Cup, but has scored just ten goals in 56 games.

The 26-year-old may yet end up leaving West Ham this summer, and whilst the swap deal for Ayew appears to be off the table, the Hammers may still be in a strong position to land the Ghanaian forward this summer.

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