West Ham offload Moyes favourite to Southampton in season-long loan switch

Southampton target Flynn Downes playing for West Ham

Southampton are signing Flynn Downes on loan from West Ham

West Ham have allowed midfielder Flynn Downes to join Championship side Southampton on a season-long loan.

The 24-year-old makes the move to the south coast a week after James Ward-Prowse joined West Ham from Saints for £30million.

Downes signed for the Hammers from Swansea for £9million last summer but made only seven Premier League starts.

Downes, who played under Saints boss Russell Martin and his coaching staff at Swansea, said: “The ambition for the club is obviously to get promoted, to get back in the Premier League and that enticed me a lot.

“Obviously I’ve worked with the gaffer before. I’ve worked with them and I know what they’re about.

“Their attention to detail, the way they play, what they demand of us players – it’s just such a good environment to be in, so it’s a no-brainer really.”

West Ham are back in action on Saturday evening when they head to table-topping Brighton in the Premier League.

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