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In Focus: West Ham right to target Mawson, but the £25m price tag is an issue

According to reports in The Telegraph, West Ham United are targeting a January move for Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson, but they may have to pay £25m to bring him to the London Stadium.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Telegraph says that Irons boss David Moyes has made bringing a new centre-half to the club during the January transfer window a priority, and he is ready to make a move for the 23-year-old.

The Telegraph says that managerless Swans would demand £25m if they persuaded to cash in on the former Barnsley man, and they would use the money to fund their own transfer business next month.

However, the report adds that the Welsh outfit are in talks with the England U21 international, who has 18 months left on his deal at the Liberty Stadium, over a new contract and they are determined to keep him for their fight against relegation.

How has Mawson done this season?

The centre-back only joined the Swans from Barnsley in the summer of 2016, and he made a huge impression in his debut campaign in the Premier League.

While the 23-year-old has struggled to replicate those displays with Swansea currently bottom of the table, but he is still highly-rated and has had plenty of defending to do this term.

According to Squawka, Mawson has won 65 of the 90 aerial duels he has faced in 18 top flight fixtures this season, as well as making 128 clearances, 15 blocks and 10 interceptions.

The defender is also comfortable in possession too, and he has successfully completed all five of the five dribbles he has attempted.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

He certainly would be.

The 23-year-old has shown already that he is an accomplished Premier League defender with great potential, and the fact that he is good on the ball as well as performing his defensive duties will have impressed David Moyes.

The reported £25m price tag won’t be so attractive though, and the Scot will certainly hope to pay less than that for Mawson if he is to bring him to the capital next month.

Article title: In Focus: West Ham right to target Mawson, but the £25m price tag is an issue

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