August 9, 2022

Swansea City midfielder Flynn Downes has passed his medical ahead of a £12m move to West Ham, who are also in talks with Fulham over the sale of defender Issa Diop.

Sky Sports News has been told that a deal is close to being finalized for Downes, with the paperwork for his transfer to the London Stadium being finalized.

And it is understood that an official announcement on the move is expected soon.

The Hammers are light in the central midfield area following the retirement of club captain Mark Noble in the summer and the former Ipswich midfielder could fill that combative void.

The 23-year-old made 39 appearances in all competitions last season for the Championship side, who are expected to replace Downes with Joe Allen.

Former Swansea midfielder Joe Allen could be set for a return to the Welsh club

The Swans are in talks with the Welshman’s representatives over a return to the club after he became a free agent after his contract at Stoke City expired in the summer.

The 32-year-old started his career at Swansea and made 150 senior appearances before joining Liverpool for £15million in August 2012.

West Ham want £20m for Diop

West Ham are also in talks with Fulham over the sale of Diop, but there is a valuation gap between the two parties.

Initial talks centered on an initial fee of £12m plus performance-related add-ons, but the Irons value the centre-back at around £20m.

The 25-year-old, who joined West Ham for a club-record £21.9million from Toulouse in June 2018, started just 10 Premier League games last season despite making 26 appearances in all competitions.

Fulham are in the hunt for a centre-back, having already approached Manchester United over Eric Bailly’s availability earlier in this window.

But the newly promoted are getting closer Man Utd Midfielder Andreas Pereira. The 26-year-old passes his medical at Fulham on Thursday ahead of a £10million move, with the Brazilian expected to finalize personal terms before completing the move.

Fulham are also expected to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Solomon Manor on a season long after the 22-year-old completed his medical.

West Ham await Lingard decision

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With the announcement of Jesse Lingard’s departure from Manchester United, check out his best Premier League goals.

West Ham still waiting for a decision jesse lingard whether he should join the club following his release from Manchester United.

The Hammers believe they have made a good offer and are hoping he will sign after his release from Manchester United.

Lingard scored nine Premier League goals in 16 starts for West Ham during a loan spell in the second half of the 2020/21 season.

The striker officially became a free agent on July 1 when his contract with United expired. Newcastle attempted to sign Lingard in the January transfer window.

West Ham agree £30m Aguerd deal

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West Ham’s new signing, Moroccan defender Nayef Aguerd, says it was an easy decision for him to join the club after speaking with manager David Moyes.

West Ham completed their first signing of the summer with the Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd.

The Moroccan defender has signed a five-year contract with David Moyes’ Hammers, in a deal that will cost the east Londoners around £30million, including add-ons.

Aguerd is Moyes’ first foray into the transfer window, as West Ham plan to improve their squad ahead of a season that will see them combine Premier League improvement with a debut campaign in the Europa Conference League.

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