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Swansea City sign winger Andre Ayew

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Olympique de Marseille’s Andre Ayew, left, scores against LOSC Lille Metropole in their Ligue 1 match in Villeneuve d’Ascq, France, on May 16.

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Swansea City have signed Ghana international winger Andre Ayew from Olympique de Marseille on a four-year contract, the English Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

The tigerish 25-year-old arrives on a free transfer after his contract with Marseille expired and his deal is subject to Premier League and international clearance.

“I looked left and right, and I thought Swansea was the best choice for me to grow as a player,” Ayew told Sky Sports. “Not only football-wise, but I heard about the squad, how the players live together and the team spirit. So I thought it was great to come to Swansea because I know how positive it is here.”

Ayew, who can also play in midfield, spent eight years at Marseille, scoring 52 goals in 181 games and contributing to Coupe de le Ligue successes in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

He has won 62 caps for Ghana and represented his country at the past two FIFA World Cups, as well as four editions of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Ayew, who will wear the No. 10 shirt at the Liberty Stadium, was named BBC African Footballer of the Year and Ghana Player of the Year in 2011.

“I’ve spoken a lot to players from Ghana who have played in the Premier League,” Ayew said. “They heard I was going to come, but they didn’t know where. It’s a league I really like and they knew I was going to come to England, but I took my time to make a decision.”

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