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Swansea break club transfer record to re-sign player they once bought for free

The Swans swooped to bring Andre Ayew back to Wales after he was initially brought to the club for nothing in 2015

The game’s gone, hasn’t it?

Many fans claim they’re growing disillusioned by the mammoth transfer fees being thrown around in modern football.

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And after Swansea’s Deadline Day business they might have a point.

Ayew signing on the dotted line

Ayew signing on the dotted line

That’s because the Swans have broken their club transfer record to re-sign Andre Ayew from West Ham… a player they signed for FREE just two-and-a-half-years ago.

Ayew first moved to south Wales in 2015 for absolutely nothing after his contract expired at Marseille.

And he was a real hit, scoring 12 times in one season and proving to be one of the signings of the season.

Ayew was a hit in Wales

Bradley Ormesher - The Times
Ayew was a hit in Wales

That convinced West Ham, who were looking to flex their financial muscle after moving to the London Stadium, to fork out a club record £20m fee of their own to bring Ayew to east London.

It’s fair to say his Hammers career never reached those dizzy heights, scoring just nine goals in 18 months.

Andre Ayew had earlier fired in a double to level the scores

But this didn’t happen a lot at West Ham

And now Ayew is going back the way he came for £18m; also the most the Swans have ever forked out for a player.

Ironically, he even initially turned his nose up at the idea because he felt he could engineer a move to a ‘bigger club’.

Nice try, Andre.

Is the Ghanaian forward now stuck in a constant state of flux between those two mediocre Premier League clubs?


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