Mark Noble over the moon with West Ham signing Andre Ayew

West Ham's Mark Noble celebrates after the match

The forward joined in a £20 million move from Swansea City earlier this week.

West Ham's Mark Noble celebrates after the matchWest Ham's Mark Noble celebrates after the match

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has told the Premier League’s official website he is over the moon with the club's capture of Andre Ayew.

The Hammers had been on the hunt for a new striker all summer, seeing bids for Michy Batshuayi and Alexandre Lacazette in particular fail.

They decided to look closer to home instead, bring Ayew to the Olympic Stadium in a £20 million move from Swansea City earlier this week.

Andre Ayew celebrates scoring the second goal for SwanseaAndre Ayew celebrates scoring the second goal for Swansea

At that price the move has been questioned by some, despite the forward impressing with the Swans in the Premier League last season.

Noble is enthused about the move though, saying he was over the moon when he initially heard of West Ham’s interest.

“I think he’s top quality,” he told Premierleague.com.

“I played against him twice last year and he was on a different gear. As soon as I saw that were in to sign him I was over the moon.”

Sunderland's Patrick Van Aanholt (R) and Wes Brown in action with Swansea's Andre AyewSunderland's Patrick Van Aanholt (R) and Wes Brown in action with Swansea's Andre Ayew

It will now be interesting to see if Ayew can be the regular goalscorer that West Ham lacked last season.

He managed more goals than all of their forwards last season so he is certainly an upgrade in that regard, although it is debatable whether he is the out and out 20-goal-a-season striker that they need.

In a better side with the like of Dimitri Payet supplying assists, there is every chance he could enjoy an even stronger season than his first.

Andre Ayew celebrates after scoring the first goal for SwanseaAndre Ayew celebrates after scoring the first goal for Swansea

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