Downes and - in

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 6th July 2022

West Ham United are closing in on the signing of Swansea City midfielder Flynn Downes.

The 23-year-old midfielder will cost the Hammers in the region of £12million little more than a year after moving to the Welsh club from Ipswich Town.

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Downes is reported to have been close to joining Crystal Palace but a late move from David Moyes is said to have persuaded the Hammers fan to accept a move to east London instead.

The Brentwood-born player, who stands 5'8" tall operates centrally and will provide back up for Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.

Moyes, along with Head of Recruitment Rob Newman had been attempting to sign Lille's Amadou Onana but their attempts have thus far been thwarted, with the Ligue 1 side reported to have rejected on offer from West Ham earlier this week worth in the region of £20million.

Downes had been with Ipswich since joining the club at the age of seven and signed his first scholarship contract back in 2015. Two years later he put pen to paper on a one-year pro contract before becoming established in the Suffolk side's first team.

After Crystal Palace had an offer rejected in 2020 Downes is said to have handed in a transfer request which led to him being omitted from the first team squad at the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign.He went on to make just 25 appearances that season, due to a combination of being sidelined and injury.

Last August he finally made a move away from Portman Road joining Swansea City in a £1.5million deal, agreeing a four-year contract with the Swans. Now he looks set to move again with Stratford set to be his next destination.

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