West Ham United are ready to bring out their chequebook this summer with defenders a top priority for David Moyes.
The Hammers defensive record is second-worst in the Premier League with their 63 goals conceded only beaten by Stoke City’s 65. If the seven goals conceded at Manchester City are factored in, West Ham’s defence has arguably performed worse than any other in the top flight.
It’s left Moyes looking for reinforcements and according to a Daily Star report, the Scot is eyeing moves for Swansea City centre-back Alfie Mawson, 24, along with Brighton and Hove Albion’s Lewis Dunk, 26.
Mawson was recently called into Gareth Southgate’s England squad and is a no-nonsense defender who has impressed as the Swans edge toward safety, having at one point seemed certain to drop into the Championship next season.
It’s understood that Swansea boss Ricardo Carvalhal is not interested in selling the former Barnsley man, but a sizeable offer from the East End club may take him to the London Stadium.
Dunk, meanwhile, was attracting plenty of attention during the Seagulls promotion-winning season and has continued to dominate the Brighton defence this season as they succeeded in avoiding a swift return to the Championship.
Hammers owner David Sullivan promised the club’s disgruntled fans a big summer and while they will be more invigorated by the big-name signings, the likes of Mawson and Dunk are the bread-and-butter players every squad needs.