West Ham closing in on move for £20m central defender

Date published: Thursday 28th December 2017 10:56 - Robert McCarthy

West Ham are reportedly closing in on the £20million signing of Swansea central defender Alfie Mawson.

Hammers boss David Moyes is said to have made the former Barnsley stopper his main target in the January transfer window, according to ESPN.

Despite Swansea’s struggles this season, with the Welsh outfit currently sitting bottom of the Premier League table, Mawson has had a decent season and has not given up hope of earning a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Moyes is said to be a big fan of the ball-playing centre-half and is prepared to pay £20m, plus add-ons to get his man.

For their part, the Swans are desperate to keep their top star but may consider selling in order to strengthen other areas of their struggling side.

The report also goes on to claim that the Hammers are after Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, while Sevilla star Steven N’Zonzi is also on their radar.

Indeed, Moyes has admitted that N’Zonzi is a potential option: “I think he’s somebody who would be of interest to us if he came on the market.

“I wouldn’t say that about others, but he’s not playing for some reason at Sevilla – albeit the manager’s gone, so maybe that changes the situation there.

“Overall, it’s not something I can say I’ve done anything with. We’d like to add to the squad and, in the position in the table that we are, we’ll need to.

“I think the club knows who we want to go for and positionally what we’d like to do.”

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