West Ham have joined the race to sign Swansea City midfielder Flynn Downes and have quickly got themselves in a position to book in his medical, according to reports.
Downes has been a target for Crystal Palace in recent weeks. One way or another, it seems he could be stepping up from the Championship to the Premier League for the new season.
The midfielder made 37 appearances in the Championship last season. In the process, he scored once and provided two assists.
It was his debut season with Swansea after a 2021 transfer from Ipswich Town. But it appears it may have been his only campaign in south Wales.
Earlier on Wednesday, The Athletic revealed interest from West Ham in a deal for Downes, despite Palace previously being the favourites to land him.
Swansea have been holding out for the best deal for the 23-year-old. As a result, West Ham have been given a chance to enter the bidding.
Palace have been prepared to put £9m, plus add-ons, on the table for Downes. West Ham would be willing to match their offer.
In an ideal world, Swansea would want £12m, which would give them an eight-figure profit. However, they are aware they will be losing Downes and it may not be on their exact terms.
Swansea know they need to balance the books. Therefore, they are planning to cash in before bringing Joe Allen back to the club on a free transfer as a replacement.
Flynn Downes getting closer to West Ham
There have since been some updates about Downes’ future. Accordingly, West Ham are firmly in pole position for his signature now.
The Guardian have reflected everything The Athletic have said about the situation, while reminding that the Hammers have been disappointed in their pursuit of Lille’s Amadou Onana and may struggle to sign James Ward-Prowse from Southampton.
Hence, West Ham could add Downes as a cheaper alternative to provide competition for Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek in midfield.
Sky Sports have added that a deal for Downes to move to the London Stadium has almost been finalised – and it will be for less than £12m. The east London club are confident of reaching the conclusion they desire.
In fact, Sky reporter Dharmesh Sheth is now revealing Downes will have a medical with West Ham in the next 24 hours.
West Ham sensible to add to midfield options
Strengthening in midfield is a priority for West Ham this summer after the retirement of Mark Noble and the end of Alex Kral’s forgettable loan spell.
Likewise, Palace need to find a way to replace the impactful Conor Gallagher after he returned to parent club Chelsea. However, it seems the Eagles are missing out in this instance.
Instead, Downes should add to the English options at West Ham, who also count the likes of Rice, Jarrod Bowen, Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell and Ben Johnson as important members of their squad.
Stepping up to the Premier League – with a club establishing themselves in the European places – will be a challenge for Downes. However, if a move does go ahead, he will hope to make a success of it.