By Russell Edge

27th Dec, 2017 | 8:17pm

Report: West Ham table offer to secure proven PL powerhouse - record equalling deal readied

West Ham have seen an offer of £18million for Alfie Mawson rejected by Swansea City as they ready a record equalling swoop for the centre back, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim on their website that the Hammers have already seen one offer rebuffed by the Welsh side as they hold out for £25million for the 23-year-old powerhouse, which would equal the record transfer fee spent by the east London side on securing Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City over the summer.

It is said that David Moyes is willing to meet the price tag set on the defender’s head, with an initial £20million spend plus £5million in bonuses, as the Scottish boss looks to reinforce his squad for the second half of the season.

Mawson has appeared in every minute of Swansea’s league matches this season scoring once, with a total of 47 Premier League appearances and five goals under his belt.

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If the report is to be believed, then it would appear Mawson is set to join up with the Hammers sooner rather than later in what would be a huge coup for Moyes and his side. Despite Swansea’s lowly league position, the centre back is a proven performer and there are likely to have been many suitors for his services come January. At just 23-years-old, he has his best years ahead of him and West Ham are willing to splash the cash to ensure he is with them for those. However it will mean that a current Hammers star faces dropping out the first team line up, so Moyes will have a tough decision on his hands as to who he axes.

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In other West Ham news, Moyes has revealed threats made over the future of one Hammers’ star.

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