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Saturday 3 December 2016

Jordan Ayew: It took me just 10 seconds to decide to play for Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew
Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew

Striker Jordan Ayew insisted it took him just 10 seconds to decide to move to Aston Villa.

The forward has signed from Lorient on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee as Villa look to fill the gap left by Christian Benteke.

Ayew passed a medical on Monday to become Villa's sixth summer signing and said making the switch was easy after meeting boss Tim Sherwood.

"When I spoke to the coach I knew this was the place for me," he said. "I didn't think twice. I knew he was the right coach for me.

"He has so much enthusiasm and determination for the game of football.

"It took 10 seconds to work out he was the right coach for me and Aston Villa was the right team for me.

"I am the happiest man in the world. It's one of my greatest days in football.

"My dream was to play for a big team in England - and Aston Villa is undoubtedly one of the greats in English football." Ayew scored 13 goals in 33 games for Ligue 1 side Lorient last season and is now looking to make an impact in the Barclays Premier League.

"It's the biggest in the world," he said. "That's why when the opportunity came, I didn't have to think twice."

Villa have also agreed a deal to sign 28-year-old full-back Jose Angel Crespo from Cordoba.

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