West Ham are ready to offer Andre Ayew back to Swansea in a swap deal for defender Alfie Mawson, according to a report.
The Sun claims that Swansea want almost £40million for Mawson, 23, however the Hammers only view the ex-Barnsley centre-back as being worth £25million.
It is understood that West Ham are willing to include a few add-ons though, including Ayew, 28, who arrived at the Hammers from Swansea in a club record deal worth over £20million in 2016.
David Moyes is said to be ready to quadruple Mawson’s wages in order to tempt him to the London Stadium.
The report says that the Hammers are willing to offer the defensive powerhouse £60,000-a-week if he signs for them during the January transfer window.
Mawson, known for his physical and aerial presence in defence, has been in good form for Swansea this season despite the Welsh side sitting bottom of the Premier League table.
He has made 26 appearances in all competitions this term, playing every single minute in England’s top-flight and scoring one goal in the process.
Football Insider verdict
Ayew has been very inconsistent since he first arrived at West Ham, but offering a player of his value to Swansea in order to lower Alfie Mawson’s valuation would be a terrible piece of business. If the Hammers bought Ayew for £20.5million then they should at least be looking to sell him for near that. Flogging him and a lot of money for Mawson does not make sense and it’s about time that Moyes begins looking at other targets. Swansea are doing well to keep Mawson away from the Premier League big-spenders, and no one can blame them. If Carlos Carvahal wants to keep this side in the top-flight then he must ensure the 23-year-old stays.
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