West Ham United are in pole position to secure a deal to sign Swansea midfielder Flynn Downes.
According to Sky Sports, West Ham are closing in on the capture of Flynn Downes. They are in advanced talks with Swansea over a deal to sign the young midfielder and the Premier League outfit are confident of their chances to sign the player ahead of the new season.
West Ham are expected to fork out a fee of around £12 million, with the player expected to undergo medical in London within the next 24 hours. The signing will represent a big step in David Moyes’ plans to shore up his options in the middle of the park.
With Mark Noble retiring and Alex Kral returning to Czechia, there is no doubt West Ham are lacking numbers in midfield this summer. Moyes is planning to resolve the issue by roping in a few quality midfielders that can offer competition for the first-choice duo of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek next season.
Flynn Downes should be an interesting investment, to that end, having enjoyed immense success at Swansea since joining the club last summer. The midfielder was notably involved in 37 league outings last season, making quite an impression with his work ethic and dynamism in the second line of press.
Downes’ performances have not gone unnoticed, with the 23-year-old becoming a subject of interest for many Premier League clubs. Apart from West Ham, the 23-year-old Swansea ace was targeted by fellow London club Crystal Palace, although it appears the Hammers are set to prevail in the pursuit.
Downes’ arrival at London Stadium should help Moyes shore up his options in the middle of the park. Although he does not have much experience at the highest level of football, Moyes certainly has a way of squeezing the best out of young English talents, especially from the Championship, as evidenced by the rise of Jarrod Bowen.
Nevertheless, West Ham still have a lot of ground to cover, as far as the transfer market is concerned. Following the capture of Downes, they are likely to finalise a move for Jesse Lingard while the Hammers may also look to sign an upgrade over Michail Antonio for the number nine role.