Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has decided that he will try to not let Alfie Mawson leave the Liberty Stadium this month after interest from West Ham, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed in their live transfer blog on Friday [01:27pm] that the asking price for Mawson, 23, is now set at £25million after it was previously reported to be a staggering £40million.
The Sun had reported that Swansea had slapped a huge price tag on the defender’s head in order to ward off interest, however it is now understood that his valuation has been slashed by almost 50 per cent to £25million.
Sky Sports claims that the Swans are yet to receive an approach for the former Barnsley defender but the Hammers are still keen as manager David Moyes eyes a centre-back in January.
Defensive powerhouse Mawson, who is known for his physical presence and ability in the air, has played every minute of every game in the Premier League for relegation-threatened Swansea this season.
Football Insider verdict
Mawson would be a very good signing for West Ham, but he would still be a bit of a risky one for such a hefty price tag. Swansea are desperate to keep their heads above the water his season and to do that they must keep hold of all their best players. Losing Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente in the summer was the killer for them and if they were to lose another key player in Mawson, they may as well start planning for life in the Championship as well. That won’t make it easy for West Ham to sign the ex-Barnsley centre-back, who could be on for a call-up to the England squad if he keeps up his form.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers are also clear favourites to sign this England international.