Dharmesh Sheth has dropped an update on reported West Ham United transfer target Flynn Downes.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Sky Sports reporter revealed that, following a number of reports linking David Moyes with a move for the Swansea City midfielder this summer, the Hammers are now increasingly confident of securing a £12m deal for the central midfielder ahead of Crystal Palace – who are also reported to have made an offer for the 23-year-old.
In his tweet, Sheth said: “West Ham United close to finalising a deal for Swansea City midfielder Flynn Downes. Fee under discussion believed to be worth £12m. Told West Ham ‘increasingly confident’ of completing move.”
Considering just how exciting a prospect Downes has proven himself to be in recent seasons, Sheth’s claim that Moyes is now closing in on a deal for the Swansea starlet is sure to be news that will have left the London Stadium faithful buzzing.
Indeed, over his 21 League One appearances for Ipswich Town back in 2020/21, the £1.8m-rated talent highly impressed in the middle of the park, making an average of 1.4 interceptions, 2.4 tackles, 33.4 passes, 1.5 long balls and winning 5.6 duels – at a success rate of 63% – per game.
These returns saw the player who Matt Holland dubbed “absolutely outstanding” average a SofaScore match rating of 6.98, ranking him as Town’s seventh-best player in the league that season – earning him a £1m move to Swansea last summer.
The £9.3k-per-week midfielder once again impressed over his 37 Championship appearances for Russell Martin’s side in 2021/22, scoring one goal, registering two assists and creating one big chance for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 1.1 interceptions, 1.3 tackles, 61.7 passes, 1.0 long ball and winning 4.0 duels – at a success rate of 52% – per fixture.
These returns saw the 23-year-old average a SofaScore match rating of 6.83, ranking him as the Swans’ ninth-best performer in the second tier last time out – with this form evidently catching the eye of a number of Premier League sides.
And, in response to the question as to whether Downes will be able to make the step up to the top flight with the Hammers, Matt Grimes certainly appears to think the answer is yes, with the Swansea club captain stating of the youngster when asked where he ranks amongst the midfielders he has played alongside:
“Right at the top. I think he’s been first class. His attitude to training every day and how hard he works and the understanding we have between each other, especially playing in this style and system, he’s a top, top player. I think he can go as far as he wants, to be honest, if his dedication and work ethic is anything to go by. I think he can go right to the top, for sure.”
As such, it would very much appear as if the former England U20 international could prove to be something of a huge coup for the Irons this summer, with the midfielder undoubtedly possessing the ability and potential to quite quickly make his £12m fee look an absolute bargain for the east London side.