West Ham are the sole front runners in the potential capture of Swansea’s Alfie Mawson as Tottenham ended their long term interest in the defender, according to a report.
The Daily Star claim on their website that Spurs have decided not to follow up on a swoop for the 23-year-old after interest over the summer, leaving the Hammers as the leaders for his signing.
It is said that Mawson is the club’s top target for the January window, with manager David Moyes prioritising a powerhouse centre back next month, although the Swansea man is one of a trio eyed by the Scottish manager.
The report states that the Hammers are also keen on Brighton centre back Lewis Dunk as well as keeping an eye on the progress of Liam Moore at Championship side Reading.
The Daily Mail have previously claimed that the Hammers are willing to meet Swansea’s demands of £25million for the England under-21 international, though Dunk and Moore may be viewed as more reasonable captures if they struggle to convince new Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal to sell his star centre back.
Football Insider verdict
West Ham may well have been expecting a fight for Mawson’s capture in January, with Tottenham viewed as serious contenders for his signing. As such, their decision to pull out of the race for the 23-year-old will be a huge boost for David Moyes, but he still has the tough task of convincing the Swans to part with a key member of their squad. Mawson is a level above both Dunk and Moore, the reported back up options, and the Hammers really should splash the cash to secure their top signing, with cutting corners in the transfer market a sure-fire way to keep them in a relegation dogfight.
In other West Ham news, the club are set to launch a £12million swoop for their relegation rivals’ midfield maestro.