Nottingham Forest have officially announced the signing of Andre Ayew. Although the transfer deadline day was Tuesday, the Ghana international was able to join Forest because he was a free agent. Ayew recently departed Qatari club Al Sadd.

“It’s a great feeling to sign for Nottingham Forest,” proclaimed Ayew during the announcement. “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.”

Player and coach have history together

Ayew previously worked with Forest head coach Steve Cooper. The duo spent two seasons with Swansea City together, as the forward scored 31 league goals for Cooper during this timeframe. Ayew was voted as the Welsh club’s player of the season for the 2019/20 campaign.

“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.”

Nottingham Forest in desperate need of Andre Ayew goals

Cooper will hope that the reunion gives his team a shot in the arm. Only Everton and Wolves have scored fewer Premier League goals than Forest this season. Ayew has scored over 150 club goals during his senior career. He has also managed to net 24 times in 113 games for Ghana as well.

Everton were also reportedly interested in signing the Ghanian. However, Ayew has chosen Forest over the 19th-placed Toffees. The 33-year-old forward has signed a short-term contract with the club that runs until the end of the current campaign. Ayew is Forest’s 30th signing of the season.

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