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West Ham signing Andre Ayew says Dimitri Payet played big part in transfer

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Andre Ayew says playing alongside Dimitri Payet was a key factor in his decision to move to West Ham.

Andre Ayew says his close friendship with Dimitri Payet played a big part in his decision to join West Ham.

The 26-year-old joined the Hammers from Swansea in a £20.5m deal on Tuesday, becoming the club's record signing after eclipsing the £15m they paid to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool in 2013.

Payet, who scored nine goals in 30 Premier League appearances last season, played with Ayew for Marseille in Ligue 1 and the new West Ham signing was not surprised by Payet's impressive campaign.

"We have a very good relationship, he's a friend," said Ayew. "I'm happy to be in the same squad as him. He's a great player, he has great quality.

West striker Andre Ayew in training
Image: Andre Ayew played with Dimitri Payet when the pair were at French club Marseille

"I'm not surprised with what he did last season because I even know he is going to do more this season, he has the quality to do more.

"With him, and all the other guys who have come in, with Feghouli, I had to take my time, have a discussion with the manager, he made me understand what he wanted."

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Ayew scored 12 top flight goals for the Swans last season but the ambition shown by West Ham persuaded him to switch to the London club.

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"I knew that this club is a very popular club, has a lot of ambitions, wants to get to another level and I want to be part of that project," he added.

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