Report: Andre Ayew returning to Swansea for club-record £18M fee

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Andre Ayew of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at London Stadium on December 9, 2017 in London, England.

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Jordan Ayew is set to be reunited with his brother.

Swansea City is preparing to break its transfer record for Andre Ayew, the forward who left the club for West Ham United 18 months ago, according to The Telegraph’s John Percy.

The fee for the elder Ayew is believed to be £18 million, upstaging the £15.5 million Swansea paid for Borja Baston in the summer of 2016. The Swans previously had a £14-million offer rejected by West Ham.

Andre Ayew hasn’t enjoyed the smoothest stop of his career with West Ham since moving there for £20.5 million. He was forced off 35 minutes into his debut against Chelsea when he suffered a significant hamstring injury, and overall has made 25 league starts during an unstable period for the club. In 18 Premier League appearances this season, the 28-year-old has three goals and two assists.

Swansea is on a high after beating Liverpool and Arsenal in back-to-back league matches, but its record of 18 goals across 25 outings speaks for itself. Tammy Abraham hasn’t repeated his scoring feats while on loan at the Championship’s Bristol City last term, and Wilfried Bony is a shadow of the player who smashed in goals for Swansea with great regularity between 2013 and 2015. Jordan Ayew has scored most for the club this league campaign, netting a modest five times.

The Ayew brothers haven’t played together at club level since they were on the books of Marseille, and their first opportunity to do so comes on Saturday when Swansea travels to in-form Leicester City.

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