Fulham are inching closer towards sealing a move for Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson amidst interest from West Ham United this summer. According to the Express, the Cottagers are on the verge of sealing a £25m move for the Swans centre-back during this summer transfer window. This recent development will be a big blow for West Ham who were also trying to secure his services in this post-season.
The English prospect has put in a number of majestic performance for the Welsh club during the course of last season which is why so many clubs have shown interest in him. The 24-year-old is exactly the kind of talent who can thrive under the leadership of Slaviša Jokanović if given the opportunity to play regular football at Craven Cottage next season.
Mawson had featured in 65 league matches in the English top-flight and has 6 goals and one assist to his name. He is quite composed on the ball and is a threat from set-pieces. With the English sensation set to move to the Londoners, let’s take a look at three alternative options for Manuel Pellegrini to consider in the coming weeks before the transfer window slams shut.
The Argentine defensive ace was a regular feature at the Eintracht Frankfurt defence last season and his rock-solid displays have helped his team achieve a top half finish in the Bundesliga standings at the end of the last campaign. The main reason for the German team’s recent success was primarily down to Abraham’s outstanding contributions in defence.
The 31-year-old defender had featured in 30 matches for the Frankfurt-based outfit in all competitions last season and will be a great fit for the Hammers as they look to improve on their league position next term.
The West Bromwich Albion star has put in some majestic performances at the Hawthorns during the course of last season. The East London club can offer him regular first-team football at the London Stadium after missing out on Mawson this summer, which might be enough to convince him to join Manuel Pellegrini’s revolution at the London club.
The Egyptian international is vastly experienced at the highest level having played a full season in the top tier of English football while also featuring for his nation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup which makes him a perfect fit for West Ham United.
The Burnley defensive rock was a solid member of their backline under Sean Dyche’s leadership during the course of the last campaign. He will be an ideal replacement for Mawson and could turn out to a shrewd signing if the Hammers can pull off such a deal. The 28-year-old prospect had featured in 30 matches for the Clarets last season and played a huge part in his team’s top 7 finish in England’s first division last season.