Sunday, July 31

Is Andre Ayew the answer?

The latest press talk is that West Ham are preparing a £20million bid for Swansea City's Andre Ayew. He scored 12 goals in 35 games for the Swans last season, which is a decent return. Hammers fans might recall his crisp finish from a great cross for Swansea's second goal in the 4-1 home tonking by Swansea at the end of last season. 

It strikes me we've been too ambitious in our transfer targets so far. Without Champions League football to offer, the Irons have reportedly bid for the likes of Carlos Tevez, Lyon's Alaxandre Lacazette, Milan's Carlos Bacca and Michy Batshuayi, who ended up at mid-table no-hopers Chelsea. None of them fancied it at WHU.

So Ayew appears more our price range and type of signing. He's a decent player, but probably about the same standard as a fully-motivated Diafra Sakho. It still seems a shame we can't resolve whatever issues Sakho has, though Slaven has clearly had enough. A strike force of Ayew, Carroll, Fletcher and Valencia would lack a world class talent, but should still be good enough for another decent season.

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