Jordan Ayew has explained the reason behind his switch from Swansea City to Crystal Palace on Transfer Deadline Day.

He signed a season long loan deal at Selhurst Park after undergoing a medical at the club on Thursday.

Earlier this week, the 26 year old refused to train to force through a move to London, to join the Eagles.

Several English Premier League clubs expressed interest in the Ghana international before the summer shut down in England.

Speaking about his move, he said: “The manager, chairman and sporting director all made an effort for me to be here today, so I have to thank them. I am looking forward to playing with the boys and meet the fans, and hopefully it’ll be a good season.

“I chose to come to Palace to continue improving. It’s a step up for me and I’m ready for the challenge and to get to where I think I can get to.”

Beginning his career with Marseille, Ayew was a part of the squad that won the Ligue 1 title in 2010 as well as three successive League Cups, and would also have spells with Sochaux and Lorient before arriving in England at Villa in 2015.

By Daraja Mutari