Sport Swansea slap £50m price tag on West Ham target Alfie Mawson

20:20  11 january  2018
20:20  11 january  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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WEST HAM are reportedly close to signing Swansea star Alfie Mawson . ESPN claims David Moyes has made the centre-back a top transfer target for January.

WEST HAM are reportedly close to signing Swansea star Alfie Mawson . ESPN claims David Moyes has made the centre-back a top transfer target for January.

West Ham have been told by Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal that if they want to land Alfie Mawson this month, they will have to stump up a fee of £50 million.

Carvalhal addressed the media on Thursday ahead of his side’s game at Newcastle this weekend and Mawson was a hot topic.

The Hammers are stated to hold a keen interest in the promising defender, who has been an important for Swansea in the last two seasons. David Moyes is claimed to be an admirer of Mawson’s talents and is keen to bring him to London this month.

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Carvalhal, though, has made his stance on the matter abundantly clear, stating that it will take a monumental bid to lure Mawson away. As quoted by Football London, the Swans boss said:

"We are shopping for Sardines" says Carvalhal

  According to the Daily Mail, recently appointed Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal has admitted that his club do not have the funds to purchase top-class players which could be imperative to Premier League survival. The Swans currently sit rock bottom of the Premier League table, four points adrift from safety, level on points with fellow strugglers West Brom. Following a 2-0 home defeat to high flying Tottenham Hotspur, Carvalhal’s men find themselves slipping away from the pack, not as they would’ve liked, however. Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Molineux against Championship hotshots Wolves, the Swansea boss said: “‘We have money for sardines and I’m thinking lobster,’” “‘I will do my best to try and bring in the best players. I will look to the lobsters and sea bass, but if not we must buy sardines but sometimes the sardines can win games’” The Portuguese manager admitted that his squad could do with improving as the battle for survival begins to hot up after a difficult, but disappointing Christmas period. With the third round FA Cup tie at Moleneux on Saturday, there is only one place that separates Carvalhal’s men and Championship leaders Wolves in the English footballing pyramid.

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Leeds United failed to bring Alfie Mawson to Elland Road from Yorkshire rivals Barnsley in 2016 - but now he's set to swap Swansea City for West Ham . And his current price tag just goes to show how far he has come since Leeds United made their move.

“When I signed (as manager last month) it was very clear we would try and bring in players to improve the team. We will not sell the best players in January, the message is clear. I have had guarantees from the chairman, but it depends if someone comes in and gives £50million, £100million, £250million.”

“You can never say that it will not happen, but the fundamental idea is not to sell players and try to improve the team.”

West Ham want to solidify their defence in the January transfer window and Mawson was thought to be one of their prime targets. With a price tag such as this, though, it seems a deal is extremely unlikely.

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Nigel Reo-Coker says West Ham 'must not sell' Andy Carroll .
Speaking to Sky Sports, Former Hammers player Nigel Reo-Coker says that West Ham shouldn’t sell Andy Carroll, claiming that it’s vital to keep hold of him in the January transfer window. West London outfit Chelsea are keen on signing the big frontman as the Hammers are happy to sell the former Newcastle man for £20m. However, Reo-Coker, who played for West Ham between July 2007 and May 2011, feels that the striker remains a vital member of the squad for the East London club as they look to remain clear of the relegation zone. “Andy Carroll is a vital player for West Ham, even though they have picked up a few results lately. There’s still a long way to go this season and he’s a player they need to keep right now – for the team, the system and the way they play.” “On his day he can be a handful for even the best defenders in the Premier League and selling him in the January window is not the right thing to do.” “And, despite what you might get for him, you have to remember what position it could leave your team in. Or have they someone in mind who can fit in right now? For West Ham, and where they are right now, Carroll is a player they need to keep in this window.” Carroll is a target for the Blues as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his front line. Michy Batshuayi is wanted by Sevilla but it seems the Italian tactician will only sanction the departure of the Belgian international if he can secure his top striking target, Carroll, in the January transfer window.

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