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West Ham transfers: David Moyes close to Declan Rice replacement as top source reveals target says ‘yes’ to summer move

Edson Alvarez and Davy Klaassen

West Ham may be nearing their first summer signing as an agreement has been reached with Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Hammers have yet to bring in any new faces following the mega-bucks departure of Declan Rice. The England midfielder moved to Arsenal for £105m to end months of speculation about his future. West Ham clearly have cash to spend but have been frustrated in their attempts to bring in new recruits.

Players such as Joao Palhinha, Conor Gallagher and James Ward-Prowse have all been linked. But, as yet, the East End outfit have been unable to get any deal across the line.

That might be about to change in the near future, according go Romano.

The Italian transfer guru took to Twitter on Friday night to give an update on West Ham’s latest pursuit.

“EXCL: West Ham have now reached an agreement on personal terms with Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez,” he tweeted.

“Up to West Ham to discuss the deal with Ajax as negotiations will follow over the weekend.

“Deal depends on clubs, Edson said yes.”

Manchester United had been linked with the 25-year-old. Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag knows him well from their spell together at Ajax.

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Indeed it was reported back in May that the Old Trafford giants were set to offer in the region of €50m for the defensive midfielder.

That particular trail has now gone cold, with the Hammers now holding all the aces for his signature.

Alvarez signing may not be Moyes choice

It was reported that West Ham United submitted a bid of £43m for the man with 68 Mexico caps back in late July.

There was no word from either club on whether the rumours were true. But it does seem as though he is keen to move to the London Stadium.

Alvarez is a player who would give his manager plenty of options.

He is able to operate as a defensive midfielder or in central defence and has made 147 appearances in all competitions for Ajax.

Although a holding midfielder, the former America star has also chipped in with 13 goals.

However, it is open to question as to whether Moyes is driving the transfer.

Much has been made of the club’s transfer policy and a clash between the Scot and director of football Tim Steidten.

Moyes is said to favour recruiting British players with Premier League experience while the German wants to see foreign stars at the club.

A move for Southampton’s Ward-Prowse failed to materialise after Steidten is said to have pulled rank.

And it seems unlikely that Moyes was behind the push for Alvarez.

Nevertheless, should he join the Irons, they will have someone in place to fill the sizeable void left by Rice’s defection to north London.

Chelsea were linked earlier in the summer but reportedly pulled out of the race.

The way is clear for West Ham to break their summer transfer duck.

Talks will continue over the weekend as frustrated fans wait to hear if they finally have a new face at the club.

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