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West Ham lead Prem rivals in race to sign Swansea defender

| 24.12.2017

Swansea City may be sitting bottom of the Premier League, but centre-back Alfie Mawson has remained a bright spot for the managerless club.

However, the relegation-threatened Swans could soon be forced to say goodbye to the 23-year-old, with West Ham United heading the list of interested clubs.

The Irons are 6/4 to be the London native’s next club, with boss David Moyes keen to strengthen the division’s third-leakiest defence.

However, they’re far from the only club believed to be keen on Mawson.

Everton are 4/1 to add the England Under-21 international to their ranks, while the Hammers’ capital rivals Crystal Palace are third-favourites at 5/1.

Arsenal are dark horses to snap up the former Wycombe Wanderers man at odds of 6/1, while Liverpool (10/1) and Huddersfield (16/1) round out the betting.

Considering Mawson’s displays, it’s no surprise to see so many clubs interested.

A solid presence at the heart of defence, he’s also a classy passer of the ball and a threat in front of goal.

His 23 goals in 174 senior appearances is a record many midfielders would be proud of.

But it’s Mawson’s assured displays at the heart of defence which have made him such a valuable performer at club level. And he proved his international pedigree in the summer, playing every minute of England’s Under-21 Championship campaign.

Reports suggest the Swans are looking for £20m in exchange for the defender’s services. But with the youngster continuing to go from strength to strength, that could be money very well spent.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.