West Ham are looking to secure a double swoop for Swansea’s Alfie Mawson and Ki Sung-yeung in January, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that the Hammers are keen on reinforcing their squad in the winter transfer window and have identified their Premier League rivals’ duo as players who could help bolster their defensive approach.
The South Korean defensive midfielder, who has made 11 appearances this season, is said to be open to moving away from the Swans, with his contract set to expire next summer, although the Welsh side are less than willing to let the English centre back depart, with 21 outings under his belt.
The report states that as a way to convince Swansea to let the 23-year-old leave, David Moyes is willing to include £15million-rated attacker Diafra Sakho as part of a swap deal, with the 27-year-old yet to start a league game for the Hammers this season.
Football Insider verdict
Moyes has quite rightly identified West Ham’s defence to be their weakness and as such is starting to identify proven talents who they could snap up in January. Ki seems a completely viable capture considering his contract situation, although he would be joining a squad full of midfield talent. Securing Mawson’s signature might be much more difficult, and offering Sakho as a makeweight seems sensible from the Hammers’ point of view. However the Swans, also in a relegation battle, are unlikely to want to strengthen their rivals and the swap deal may not convince them to sell up.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers have reportedly tabled a bid for a top flight midfield terrier.