Andre Ayew may have just scored his most important goal yet for West Ham United.
There was a sense of irony when the former West Ham striker Ayew gave Swansea one foot in the Championship play-off final on Sunday.
West Ham signed Ayew from Swansea for £20million back in 2016. But he scored just 12 goals in 50 appearances over two seasons and was sold back to the Welsh club for a similar fee in 2018.
Agent Ayew might just have scored his most important goal for West Ham
And it was a case of agent Ayew for West Ham when he scored a late winner against Brentford in the play-off semi-final first leg.
Should Swansea finish the job, Brentford will miss out on the Premier League after having automatic promotion in their hands just over a week ago.
That will also mean West Ham have a chance of landing the west London club’s star trio David Moyes reportedly has his eye on.
Insider confirmed Moyes interest in Brentford trio
Reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee confirmed the club’s interest in the trio on the West Ham Way podcast (Thursday July 23rd).
Promotion to the top flight would scupper Moyes’s plans to sign any of them, though.
“Rico Henry at Brentford, he’s someone we’ve scouted before, and we have looked at him again, as we have numerous players from Brentford,” ExWHUemployee said on the West Ham Way podcast.
“Watkins and Benrahma are targets along with Henry. It will depend on their status whether they get promoted or not.”
But thanks to Ayew West Ham’s new transfer strategy of signing young, hungry players from the second tier is very much on.
The second leg will be played on Wednesday.
The financial impact of the global health crisis and the fact Brentford have a new stadium to pay for means West Ham will likely be able to get the players IF they themselves can meet the valuations set.
Path clear for Moyes if Swans finish the job but Scot must sell to buy
To do that Moyes has been told he will have to sell players (Claret & Hugh).
West Ham will listen to offers for several players in the window. They include Sebastien Haller, Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, Arthur Masuaku, Fabian Balbuena and Winston Reid.
But the reality is Declan Rice may be the only player other clubs want.
West Ham could do half their business with Brentford if reports are correct.
Moyes is said to want six new signings. Top of the list is said to be QPR’s playmaker Eberechi Eze (Evening Standard).
Now West Ham must wait and see if Swansea finish the job.
Then it is over to the Hammers hierarchy to act fast with the new season just over six weeks away.