Ayew in Swans swap deal with Taylor

Swansea City were busy in the dying hours of transfer deadline day where a number of players exited the club while Jordan Ayew arrived in a swap deal with Neil Taylor.

The 25-year-old Ghanaian striker, Ayew, who is currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ghana, where they will play Cameroon in the second semi-final on Thursday, joined the Swans on a three-and-a-half year contract, with Taylor signing for Championship side Aston Villa.

Ayew began his career with Marseille, and spent some time with French side Lorient before joining Villa in July 2015 where he scored 10 goals in 58 games.

He is the brother of former Swansea attacker Andre and the son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele.

Speaking at the conclusion of the deal, Swans head coach Paul Clement told the club's official website: "I’m sure his brother has given him the inside track on the club.

“He is a very good acquisition. He’s versatile and dynamic to attack the lines and get in behind defences. 

“He will certainly give us something different to what we’ve got.” 

On Taylor’s departure, after six-and-a-half years with the club, Clement added: "Neil has been a great servant for this club. I had a really nice discussion with him about his position.

"He said he wanted to take this opportunity and I supported that. It’s the right time for him to have a new challenge and we wish him all the best.” 

"Everyone at Swansea City would like to thank Neil for his outstanding service to the club."

Swansea also announced that Dutch winger Marvin Emnes has returned to Blackburn Rovers for a second loan spell, midfielder Tom Holland has joined Conference North League side AFC Flyde, also on loan.

Modou Barrow made a temporary switch to Leeds United as Ryan Hedges made a permanent move to Barnsley for an undisclosed fee, and Owain Jones signed for League Two side Yeovil Town on a loan deal.