Swansea midfielder Flynn Downes has a medical edge on a £12million move to West Ham, who is in talks with Fulham over the sale of defender Issa Diop.
Sky Sports News A deal has been said to be close for Downes, who is undergoing the second part of his medical treatment, with West Ham increasingly confident they can complete the signing.
The Hammers are light in central midfield after club captain Mark Noble retired in the summer and the former Ipswich midfielder was able to fill that combative void.
The 23-year-old made 39 appearances in all competitions last season for the Championship side, who appear to be replacing Downes with Joe Allen.
The Swans are in talks with the Welshman’s representatives about a return to the club after he became a free agent following the expiry of his contract with Stoke City this summer.
The 32-year-old started his career at Swansea, playing 150 senior matches before moving to Liverpool for £15million in August 2012.
West Ham wants £20 million for Diop
West Ham is also in talks with Fulham about the sale of Diop, but there is a gap in valuation between the two sides.
Initial talks were aimed at an initial £12 million plus performance-related add-ons, but the Irons value the central defender at around £20 million.
The 25-year-old, who joined West Ham in June 2018 for a club record £21.9 million from Toulouse, started just 10 Premier League games last season and made 26 appearances in all competitions.
Fulham are looking for a centre-back, having previously approached Manchester United this window about the availability of Eric Bailly.
But the newly promoted side is getting closer Man Utd midfielder Andreas Pereira† The 26-year-old will receive medical treatment in Fulham on Thursday for a £10 million move, with the Brazilian set to finalize his personal terms before completing the move.
Fulham is also ready to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon on a season long after the 22-year-old completed his medical.
West Ham awaits Lingard decision
West Ham still waiting for a decision from Jesse Lingard on whether he will join the club after his release from Manchester United.
The Hammers believe they have made a good offer and remain hopeful that he will sign after his release from Manchester United.
Lingard scored nine Premier League goals in 16 starts for West Ham on loan in the second half of the 2020/21 season.
The attacker officially became a free agent on July 1 when his United contract expired. Newcastle tried to sign Lingard in the January transfer window.
West Ham completes £30 million Aguerd deal
West Ham have completed their first signing of the summer and landed the Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd.
The Moroccan defender has signed a five-year deal with David Moyes’ Hammers, in a deal that will cost the East Londoners around £30million, including extras.
Aguerd is Moyes’ first move into the transfer window as West Ham look to improve their roster for a season that will see them combine improvements in the Premier League with a first-ever Europa Conference League campaign.
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