Club-record signing Andre Ayew says the thought of joining up with Dimitri Payet helped him decide to join West Ham.
The 26-year-old forward joined the Hammers from Swansea on Tuesday in a deal believed to be worth around £20million.
The move sees Ayew reunited with his former Marseille team-mate Payet, who is now established as a firm fan favourite at West Ham after enjoying an impressive debut season.
One of the reasons Ayew was keen to move from south Wales was to play with Payet.
“He’s a friend of mine as we played two or three years together at Marseille,” he told the club’s official website.
“I know him and he knows me and I’m happy to be back playing with a great player like him, because I know what he is capable of doing.”
And Bilic revealed he had spoken to Payet on a number of occasions when it came to his latest recruit.
“He was our target for a long time,” said Bilic.
“But I did speak to Dimitri, two weeks ago and before in October or November and in March.”