West Ham United attacker Andre Ayew’s potential return to Swansea City has ‘edged closer’ as the Liberty Stadium side’s owners have made extra money available for transfers this month, according to Wales Online.

The Hammers splashed the cash 18 months ago to bring the Ghana international to the English capital, but he has failed to prove himself consistently at the London Stadium.

While Ayew has the versatility to play in a number of positions, the 28-year-old has been unable to tie down a consistent role in the West Ham team.

The Hammers forward only started 16 Premier League games last season as injuries took their toll, while he has been given the nod to play from the off only nine times this term.

West Ham boss David Moyes is believed to be keen to refresh his attacking options, with speculation over the futures of all four of the club’s recognised strikers.

With Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini operating as the furthest men forward in recent weeks, there seems room for at least one or two of the current attacking options to be sold in January.

Wales Online suggest that Swansea’s owners have made £30 million available for club manager Carlos Carvalhal to spend this month and that West Ham’s Ayew and Atletico Madrid’s Nicolas Gaitan are the priorities.

Should the Hammers allow the African forward to rejoin his former club, the fans would hope that the money would be reinvested into the Irons squad.

Ayew’s brother Jordan is already on Swansea’s books and as such a West Ham exit for the 28-year-old, who was not in Saturday’s matchday squad for the 1-1 draw against Bournemouth, may well make sense.