Andre Ayew chooses Nottm Forest over Everton as free transfer is confirmed – ‘it’s a great feeling’

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Everton to sign Ayew

Ghana international Andre Ayew has signed for Nottingham Forest on a deal until the end of the 2022/23 season.

The 33-year-old was without a club following his departure from Saudi Arabian side Al Sadd.

Ayew is understood to have turned down the chance to join Everton in favour of signing for Premier League rivals Nottm Forest.

Ayew becomes Forest’s 29th signing since winning promotion back to the Premier League last May, with the midlands club adding three players to their ranks on Tuesday’s transfer deadline day as Felipe, Jonjo Shelvey and Keylor Navas all joined.

Forest boss Steve Cooper knows the Ghana international well having worked with him at Swansea and his arrival will help cover injuries in the final third to Taiwo Awoniyi, Morgan Gibbs-White and Jesse Lingard.

Ayew, whose career began at Marseille, had two spells in English football with Swansea, either side of a two-year stay at West Ham.

“It’s a great feeling to sign for Nottingham Forest,” Ayew said on the club’s official website.

“I know how big the club is and I know how much the club means to the city and the fanbase.

“It’s always been difficult whenever I’ve played against Forest and at The City Ground and I love the stadium.

“Steve Cooper is someone who knows me very well and knows how to work with me both on and off the pitch.

“We have a strong relationship, he’s a special coach and a special human being and someone who I really look up to.

“I know what I can bring to the team, I’m ready to give my all and make sure that we are able to stay in the Premier League.”

New Everton boss Sean Dyche has admitted that they are “looking through” the free agent market.

“There’s a list of players we’ll be looking through and seeing if they fit what we’re trying to do, do they fit what we need to achieve going forward and can they also do it pretty quickly. You can sign players for the future but that’s different,” Dyche told reporters.

“We need players that can affect things now so the first port of call is in-house.

“What have we got in-house and can we make sure they’re ready for the task in front of us.”

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