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Crunch-Time Transfer Deals Sealed For Swans

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Andre Ayew returns for club record deal with Leicester's Andy King arriving on loan.

It's been a busy deadline day for Swansea City following a slow January transfer month.

Andre Ayew makes his return to the Liberty from West Ham for a reported club record deal of £18m.

The 28-year-old forward will be sticking with the Premier League side for the next three and a half years.

Ayew's arrival is a major boost for boss Carlos Carvalhal, who has been looking to strengthen his forward line throughout the January transfer window.

Ayew is a proven Premier League player who finished as the Swans’ 12-goal leading scorer in his one previous season at the club.

The Ghana international, the older brother of Swans frontman Jordan, first moved to SA1 from Marseille in the summer of 2015 on a free transfer.

He immediately settled into the English game, scoring in his first two Swans appearances, and was an influential part of the team which overcame a difficult first half of the season to finish in mid-table.

Ayew’s contribution – his 12 goals came in 35 appearances – persuaded West Ham to spend big to take him to East London in August 2016.

He heads back to the Liberty having scored 12 goals in 50 West Ham appearances, 31 of which were starts.

The versatile forward will wear the No. 19 shirt in his second stint as a Swan.

And a surprising signing comes from Wales midfielder Andy King, who has also joined Swansea on loan from Leicester until the end of the season.

Andy King

The Welsh international will bring vast experience to the Swans squad having played 388 times for Leicester during a decade as a Foxes player.

A popular figure at the King Power Stadium on the back of his superb service to Leicester, King has been allowed to join the Swans because he is hungry for game-time.

And boss Carlos Carvalhal feels the 29-year-old attacking midfielder will bring fresh qualities to his squad.

Carvalhal has stressed throughout the January window that he was not interested in adding new signings for the sake of it, and believes King’s attacking instincts will give the Swans a different option.

King has scored 62 times during a Leicester career which has seen him win titles in League One, the Championship and the top flight – a unique achievement in the Premier League era.

He was on Chelsea’s books as a kid, but joined Leicester at the age of 15 after being released by the Stamford Bridge club.

He has been part of the Leicester first-team squad ever since making his senior debut in October 2007, but now begins a new chapter in his career after signing for the Swans.

King, who was born and raised in England but qualifies for Wales through his grandfather, has scored twice in 44 international appearances.

He featured three times at Euro 2016, playing the full 90 minutes of Wales’ semi-final defeat to Portugal.

He will have to wait to make his debut, however, as the Swans face his parent club Leicester City this weekend - a game in which he is ineligible to feature in.

Ollie Mcburnie

Meanwhile, Swans youngster Ollie Mcburnie heads to Championship side Barnsley on loan for the rest of the season. 

The striker, who saw a loan spell to Oakwell fall through in August, will link up with a Tykes side which sits 19th in the second tier – one point above the relegation zone.

He could make his debut for Barnsley in their Championship fixture at QPR on Saturday.

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