Transfer talk: Swansea break the bank on club-record fee for Atletico Madrid’s Borja Baston

Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew has joined West Ham United on a club record three-years deal from their Premier League rivals Swansea and manager Frank de Boer takes over at Inter Milan.

Atletico Madrid’s Borja Baston has signed with Swansea City.
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Swansea have agreed a club-record fee with Atletico Madrid to sign striker Borja Baston.

The 23 year old is believed to be due in south Wales for his medical this week as the Premier League club act fast to replace Andre Ayew, who moved to West Ham on Monday.

Baston came through the ranks at the Vicente Calderon but has blossomed out on loan in recent seasons - notably last term, when he scored 18 LaLiga goals for Eibar.

A former Spain Under-19 international, Borja began his time at Atletico as a goalkeeper but was eventually turned into a striker.

He suffered a serious knee injury on his one and only league outing for Atletico and on his recovery he began to find himself moving away on loan.

Spells at lower-league sides Murcia and Huesca were followed by successful loan moves to Deportivo La Coruna and Real Zaragoza before his year-long stint at Eibar.

His goalscoring exploits helped the side finished 14th, having flirted with relegation straight back to the Segunda Division the previous season.

Now he looks set to become Swansea’s new record signing, eclipsing the fee the club shelled out for fellow striker Wilfried Bony in 2013.

West Ham United sign Andre Ayew away from Swansea

Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew has joined West Ham United on a club record three-years deal from their Premier League rivals Swansea, the London outfit said on Monday.

The former Marseille winger and son of one-time African player of the year Adebi Pele, joined the Hammers for a fee of £20.5million (24 million euros).

“I am very proud and happy to be at this magnificent Club,” the 26-year-old told West Ham’s website.

“The Club have a lot of ambition and have a great manager. 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 onto another level and I want to be part of this project,” he said.

Ayew scored 60 times in over 200 appearances at French outfit Marseille before joining Swansea last season.

Playing a key role in their 2014 World Cup campaign, Ayew has extensive international experience with Ghana.

Dutchman Frank de Boer replaces Roberto Mancini at Inter

Frank de Boer has been officially confirmed as Inter Milan’s new head coach following Roberto Mancini’s departure on Monday.

The 46-year-old Dutchman, who will be unveiled by the Serie A club at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, was approached to become the next Inter boss after Mancini left by mutual consent due to a breakdown in his relationship with the board.

De Boer’s appointment as his successor has now been rubber-stamped, with a statement on Inter’s official website revealing he has signed a three-year contract to guide the Nerazzurri under ambitious new owners Suning Holdings.

In a brief video posted on the club’s Twitter feed on Monday evening the former Holland defender, who left his role as Ajax manager in May, said: “Hello Inter fans, I’m very happy to be here and I hope to see you soon.”

He earlier told reporters waiting for him in the airport: “I hope I can achieve a lot of success here. I’ll see you tomorrow at the press conference!”

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