In a last minute transfer deadline day deal that was confirmed by the clubs in question, Ghana international Jordan Ayew has completed a move from championship side Aston Villa to English Premier League club Swansea City.
As part of the deal, Swansea will send Neil Taylor the other way along with an undisclosed fee. Ghanaian Ayew put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year deal that will see him return to the English top-flight.
Jordan is the younger brother of André Ayew, who was previously with the Swans in 2015-16 before departing for West Ham United. The older of the two was a popular figure during his short stay in Swansea, top scoring for the club during the season with 12 goals.
Since Jordan Ayew’s move to Aston Villa from French side Lorient in 2015, he has scored 10 goals in 58 appearances for the club, and was well-liked within the squad.
The player is currently on national team duty at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana in Gabon, and will no doubt have had some in depth conversations with his brother about his new club, before deciding to commit his future to the Swans.
A statement from Swansea City read: ‘Swansea City have completed the signing of Aston Villa forward Jordan Ayew in an exchange deal which sees Neil Taylor join the Championship club.’
Ghana are in the semi-final of the AFCON, and are set to play against Cameroon on Thursday night for a place in the competition’s final.
The new Swansea recruit scored the opening goal in his team’s 2-1 quarter-final victory over DR Congo over the weekend, and will be hoping to carry that form back to the Premier League for his new assignment in Wales.
He will not be able to play for Swansea until he returns from the AFCON, which means that if the Black Stars win on Thursday, he will remain in Gabon until Sunday for the final.
The move is a positive development for the youngster, and it gives him a chance to prove himself in the Premier League, but he will need to work hard to earn a place and contribute to coach Paul Clement’s side, as they are currently struggling in the English top-flight, two points above the relegation spots.