A full profile of Swansea City's new signing Andre Ayew
10th June 2015
Following the signing of Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew on a free transfer, we take a look at the background and profile of Swansea City's newest recruit...
It's fair to say that Andre Ayew inherited some impressive football genes when he was born in December 1989.
One of four children, Ayew is the son of Abedi Pele, a three-time winner of the African Footballer of the Year award and a player who was part of the Marseille side that won the Champions League in 1993. Abedi is widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time and is a FIFA 100 member.
Ayew's brothers, Ibrahim and Jordan, both play football and have represented their country - Ayew himself has 62 caps to his name.
But his journey to the Barclays Premier League began in the Ghanaian capital Accra, where Ayew was playing for Nania before joining the Marseille academy at the age of 16.
While his father's history with the French club was rich, it wasn't long before Ayew junior was making his mark in France.
His senior debut for Marseille came against Valenciennes in August 2007 as a 17-year-old, with the forward going on to make 15 appearances that season.
With his stock rising, Ayew spent time out on loan with Aries-Avignon and Lorient and with Didier Deschamps monitoring his progress closely, he returned to the Stade Velodrome in 2010 and was rewarded with a new three-year contract.
He became a first-team regular with Les Olympiens as the French side challenged at the top of Ligue 1 and made their mark in European competition.
The 2009-10 season also brought Ayew his first medal as Marseille won the Coupe de la Ligue, while the Ghanaian was also named as the club's player of the season.
Marseille retained the League Cup title in 2011 as Ayew continued to impress, with the forward also scoring a crucial last-minute winner against Inter Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League.
But it wasn't just at club level that Ayew has impressed.
The first of his 62 international caps arrived in 2007 when he made his debut in a friendly against Senegal, while he has since featured in four African Cup of Nations tournaments and two World Cups.
Ayew was an integral part of Ghana's 2010 World Cup campaign as they exited at the quarter-final stage following a dramatic penalty shootout defeat to Uruguay.
He then scored twice in three games at the 2014 tournament - including goals against USA and Germany - as Ghana dropped out at the group stage, while in the African Cup of Nations he helped his country finish third in 2008 while they lost in both the 2010 and 2015 finals.
His club form continued last season as Ayew scored ten goals in 29 games for Marseille as they finished fourth in Ligue 1.
But the 25-year-old, who can play wide, in a central striking position and behind the striker, opted against signing a new deal in France which opened the door for a host of admiring clubs across Europe.
And it was Swansea who moved to secure the services of Ayew, with the Ghanaian penning a four-year contract at the Liberty Stadium and become Garry Monk's first summer signing.