Ayew kidding me? Swansea star not good enough for the new West Ham

Andre Ayew celebrates scoring the second goal for Swansea

West Ham United are being strongly linked with a move for Swansea City forward Andre Ayew but is he good enough to take the club on?

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers have been linked with a host of top strikers this summer but have already missed out on Dutch star Vincent Janssen after he opted to join Spurs as well as Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette despite having a record £31 million bid accepted.

Bilic also failed with a bid to lure Belgian star Michy Batshuayi who instead joined London rivals Chelsea.

A rumoured move for Liverpool's Christian Benteke and talk of bids for Juventus duo Simone Zaza and Mario Mandzukic have gone quiet.

Since then West Ham have turned their attentions to AC Milan's Colombian star striker Carlos Bacca but that too is in limbo.

West Ham co chairmans David Sullivan and David Gold before the matchWest Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold

Marquee striker proving elusive

David Gold and his fellow co-owner David Sullivan have pledged all summer to make a marquee striker signing that can bag 20 goals a season and are willing to spend as much as £30 million on that player.

With Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho both on the verge of leaving East London, West Ham's need for reinforcements up front is even more acute.

And according to the likes of Sky Sports Bilic has bid £20million for Swans forward Andre Ayew.

According to Sky Swansea are keen to land a replacement before agreeing to let the 26-year-old leave.

Swansea's Andre Ayew in action with West Ham's Angelo OgbonnaSwansea's Andre Ayew in action against West Ham last season

£20m for Andre.. Ayew you kidding me?

It would be £20m more than the Hammers would have paid for the Ghanaian last summer when Swansea trumped them to his signature.

But with West Ham on the brink of a bright future - they finished just four points off the Champions League last season and would have qualified comfortably had they turned just three or four of their 14 draws into wins - is Ayew good enough for Bilic's East London revolution?

He proved a great piece of business for Swansea, arriving on a free and scoring 12 goals in his debut Premier League season.

Ayew is a good age too and the Hammers should be getting his peak years.

But what would he bring to the side that the Hammers don't already have?

Andre Ayew celebrates scoring the second goal for Swansea Ayew celebrates scoring against the Hammers

Does Ghanaian really improve Bilic's squad?

If he is played as a striker he only bagged 12 goals last season and has a career record of one goal in every five games, the same as Carlton Cole.

If he is played on the left as a winger, does it cause more problems than is solves? The Hammers already have star man Dimitri Payet who operates on that side much of the time, while there is new signing Gokhan Tore who plays that side too.

Enner Valencia has been operating there for much of his game time under Bilic and it could be argued that he and Ayew are very similar in many ways although Ayew would be an upgrade on the Ecuadorian in terms of goal threat.

Whatever way it is dressed up Ayew smacks of a desperation signing, particularly after missing out on him for free just a year ago, and does little to improve Bilic's squad if it is not accompanied by the signing of a truly top class striker.

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