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Aug 092016
 
Andre Ayew made an immediate impact at Swansea, scoring against Chelsea on his debut

West Ham United have completed the signing of forward Andre Ayew from Swansea City for £20.5m.

Ayew, 26, signed for Swansea on a free transfer from Marseille in June 2015 and scored 12 goals in his first Premier League season.

The Ghana international won the BBC African Player of the Year in 2011 and signs a four-year deal to become West Ham’s record signing.

“The club have a lot of ambition and have a great manager,” said Ayew.

“They want to become a bigger club every year and with the new stadium and a new training ground, you can feel they are moving on to another level and I want to be part of this project.”

He is the club’s fifth signing this summer, as they prepare for their first season playing in the London Stadium.

Sofiane Feghouli, Havard Nordtveit and Ashley Fletcher all signed on free transfers from Valencia, Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester United respectively.

The £20.5m fee eclipses the £15m West Ham paid Liverpool for Andy Carroll in June 2013.

On Monday, the Hammers also completed the transfer of French left-back Arthur Masuaku from Olympiakos in a deal worth a reported £6m.

West Ham joint chairman David Gold welcomed Andre Ayew to the club with a message on Twitter

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Gareth Bale has won two Champions League titles since joining Real Madrid in 2013

Wales forward Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid’s squad for Tuesday’s Uefa Super Cup against fellow Spanish side Sevilla.

Bale, 27, and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos have not been included after their return from an extended post-Euro 2016 break.

Portugal’s Euro 2016 winners Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo will also not feature for the Champions League winners.

Ronaldo suffered a leg injury in the Euro 2016 final win over France.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has included his 18-year-old goalkeeper son Luca in the squad.

The match takes place in Trondheim, Norway.

Sevilla, who beat Liverpool to win last season’s Europa League final, will be hoping there is no repeat of the 2014 Super Cup.

Two years ago in Cardiff, they lost 2-0 to Real Madrid, with Ronaldo scoring both goals.

Sevilla, in their third successive final, also lost the 2015 Super Cup 5-4 against Barcelona in Tbilisi.

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