David Moyes will get his first shot at the transfer window as a West Ham United manager in a few days as the January transfer window will give the former Everton manager a chance to add to a decent side at the London Stadium. They have managed to creep out of the drop zone, after a mediocre start and will now aim for a finish in the top half of the table.
They will need a couple of reinforcements in a couple of positions in the squad and one player the manager is desperate for is Swansea City defender, Alfie Mawson.
According to latest reports from ESPN, David Moyes has made the 23-year old a top priority transfer target for January. The report claims that the manager is a big fan of the Swansea City player and is convinced that he is the right man for the Hammers.
He is ready to offer £20m+ add-ons for his signature, which could lure Swansea into selling him, midway through the season. The Swans are currently struggling at the bottom of the table and it might not be too hard for West Ham to lure him out of the club.
But What Will He Add To The Squad?
A product of the academy at Brentford, Mawson joined the Swans at the start of the previous season and cemented a place in the first team in no time. He already has 47 PL appearances to his name and is not too far away from a national team call-up under Gareth Southgate.
Easily the most consistent defender for the Swans this season, Mawson is a confident CB who loves to dominate his box in the air and is adept at closing down spaces in and around the penalty area. He wins almost everything thrown at him in the air and has got the better of some of the best players in the league, in his 18 months in England.
He can dribble from the back and is accurate with his passing, which makes him all the more dangerous while his ability to score from corners is also an added advantage. At just 23, he has a long future ahead of him and will leave the Liberty Stadium sooner or later and will be a decent addition to the Hammers.
Where Does He Fit In?
Moyes has a plethora of talent in the CB area but constant injuries to key players have cost his side a number of points this season. Italian ace Angelo Ogbonna has been the only constant figure at the back and what has been more troubling is the fact that West Ham look a better side when playing a 3-4-3 system under Moyes.
The likes of Winston Reid, Jose Fonte and James Collins are all options for two roles at the back but none have been consistently available for selection and have given the manager a huge headache. The likes of Aaron Creswell, Chiekhou Kouyate and even Declan Rice have all played as a CB this season and Mawson solves this problem, not just this season but for years to come.
But is he the right man for Moyes’ side?