The arrival of David Moyes at West Ham United signalled an upsurge in the Hammers fortunes and the Scot is not wasting any time in identifying players who will strengthen his squad; Alfie Mawson of Swansea City is his first target, according to the Guardian.
The Hammers are reported to be preparing a £20m bid for the England Under-21 international who has been a bright light in an otherwise dark season for the Welsh club. Rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, Swansea face Crystal Palace this weekend in a match they cannot afford to lose.
Mawson, 23, has two and a half years remaining on his current contract but is resisting signing a new deal with the Swans. While talks are ongoing, the centre-back is in no rush to put pen to paper.
It would be another transfer window of turmoil for Swansea, coming on the heels of another managerial sacking at the club. Paul Clement, last season’s saviour, found himself unceremoniously dumped as this season began as badly as last.
Whomever takes over faces the unenviable task of persuading key players to remain at the club when the Swans crown jewels are repeatedly sold each summer. It’s this uncertainty which may persuade the £5m signing from Barnsley to leave the Liberty Stadium if West Ham come knocking.