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West Ham would challenge for Europe next term if they land this £10.8m-rated star

West Ham supporters have been somewhat quieter in the Transfer Tavern after seeing their team lose 4-1 at London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday to remain in relegation contention.

David Moyes’ men went into their meeting with the Gunners off the back of picking up five points from their preceding three league games, a run which put some distance between themselves and the bottom three. And they looked set to move another point closer to safety when Marko Arnautovic cancelled out Nacho Monreal’s opener at the Emirates Stadium, only for Arsene Wenger’s side to find another gear with Alexandre Lacazette’s brace alongside an Aaron Ramsey strike sealing a comprehensive victory for the North London heavyweights.

As such, there have been many deflated Hammers supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom were disappointed to see their team capitulate in the second half on Sunday, and subsequently will be hoping for a response when they host champions Manchester City this weekend.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident West Ham fans to discuss, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson this summer.

And such have been the Hammers’ defensive struggles this term, the East London club would be challenging for Europe next season were they to seal a deal for the £10.8 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt).

Ultimately, Moyes’ side have got one of the worst defensive records in the Premier League this season having shipped 63 goals in their 34 league games – only second-bottom Stoke City (65) have conceded more.

And while the Hammers did somewhat stop leaking goals in the immediate aftermath of Moyes’ arrival, their subsequent struggles suggest that the personnel needs serious improvement over the summer if they are to move to the next level.

Jose Fonte left in January after an underwhelming 12 months at the club, and with James Collins out of contract in the summer, the close season lends itself to Moyes completely overhauling his backline to take the Hammers into European contention.

And landing Mawson would do just that.

The 24-year-old has been mightily impressive in the heart of the Swansea backline since breaking through little under a year ago, becoming a regular under both Paul Clement and now Carlos Carvalhal in the Swans’ respective quests to avoid the drop.

And having started every game for the South Wales club this season, alongside netting some key goals both this term and indeed last time round, the Englishman has come up with the goods in both boxes in the last 12 months or so to suggest that he is hugely adept at Premier League level.

Moreover, Mawson has been so impressive that he was called up to Gareth Southgate’s most recent England squad, and while he didn’t feature for the Three Lions, he’s clearly in the manager’s thoughts ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

Thus, it’s clear that the Swansea man has a bright future ahead of him in the Premier League, but significantly he has proven his worth in the present as well, and for a West Ham side seeking to move to the next level in their new stadium, he’d be an ideal addition.

In fact, his arrival during the summer, such have been their defensive woes, would propel the East London club into European contention next season.

West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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