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West Ham United are "very close to signing" Swansea City striker Andre Ayew, manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a possible move to Chelsea or Liverpool last month but he will join the Hammers for a reported fee of £20million.

Bilic also confirmed that West Ham are also close to securing the services of defender Arthur Masuaku.

"We are very close to signing a couple of players and that's it," Bilic told BT Sport.

"We are very close to signing Andre Ayew from Swansea and we are very close to signing Arthur Masuaku, the French left-back from Olympiakos. It's almost done, but until it's done, it's never done.

"We are trying to get quality players but we have marquee players. Feghouli is a marquee player, Tore is a marquee player. Andre Ayew is a big time marquee player. It doesn't have to be someone for 70 or 80 million, we can't afford it.

"But we are close to signing a couple of them; if those two players come then I'm quite happy with my squad."

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