In Focus: West Ham to launch Mawson bid

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United are on the verge of launching a £25m bid for Swansea City centre-back Alfie Mawson.

What’s the story?

West Ham boss David Moyes is expected to be given funds to improve his squad in the January transfer window, and the Scot has previously suggested that he will look to bring a new centre-back to the club in the early stages of 2018.

Mawson has been linked with the Hammers in recent weeks, and according to the Daily Mail, the London club are now readying an offer in the region of £25m.

It is understood that Swansea have already rejected an offer of £18m as they hold out for the best possible deal.

The report claims that West Ham have offered £20m upfront with £5m in add-ons as they look to secure Mawson’s signature when the winter window opens for business.

Is £25m fair for Mawson?

It has been a rotten season for Swansea, with the Welsh outfit rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table following their 5-0 defeat at Liverpool on Boxing Day.

Mawson has been Swansea’s standout player this term, and has gone from strength to strength since joining the Welsh club from Barnsley in the summer of 2016.

At 23, Mawson is the right age when it comes to development, and whilst £25m is a big price for a centre-back that does not have an awful lot of experience at the top level, it could turn out to be a smart piece of business from West Ham.

Good in the air, strong and with a decent turn of pace, Mawson has the potential to develop into a very good centre-back over the next few seasons.

Swansea will want a fair price as they potentially head for the Championship, and it seems that West Ham want the deal signed and sealed as soon as possible.