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Wolves: Flynn Downes set to join West Ham

Wolves are yet to sign anyone in the summer transfer window and it seems as if Bruno Lage’s side are set to miss out on yet another target, with Swansea City midfielder Flynn Downes set to join West Ham United.

What’s the word?

Wolves and Crystal Palace have both been heavily linked with signing the 23-year-old midfielder in recent weeks but the Hammers have won the race, according to Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth.

He confirmed on Twitter that: “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.”

Supporters will be gutted

Given the lack of action at Molineux so far this summer, fans would have been hoping to see Downes come through the door, but it seems as if Lage will have to turn towards other targets, with the new season less than a month away.

Downes is certainly a promising young midfielder and could have added some quality to Lage’s midfield, considering his impressive performances in the Championship last season.

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The Englishman seamlessly made the step up from League One to the Championship, having signed from Ipswich last summer, and made 37 appearances in the second tier for Russell Martin’s side, contributing one goal and two assists.

Considering Swansea’s brave possession-based style of play, it is no surprise that WhoScored suggests that Downes’ main strength is passing, and his performances were clearly enough to catch the eye of plenty of Premier League sides this summer.

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Swansea boss Martin was full of praise for the young midfielder last season, saying:

“Flynn was incredible, it’s difficult to single people out, but he does the dirty work perfectly well.

“He enables other people to do their roles brilliantly, he knows exactly what his role in the team is.”

Downes’ style of play could really have complemented Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves in Wolves’ midfield next season, so supporters will be gutted to hear that they have missed out on him, as he closes in on a move to West Ham.

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