West Ham are to kickstart some “serious” transfer activity as new recruitment chief Mario Husillos takes charge, according to Claret and Hugh.
The Hammers blog, which is a reliable source of information about the club, claim Husillos will make his mark by tabling increased bids for Swansea City goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and his teammate Alfie Mawson.
Claret and Hugh report Husillos and recently-appointed manager Manuel Pellegrini have been in close contact over the last 10 days and are also looking at a replacement for injured playmaker Manuel Lanzini.
Reports emerged last week that West Ham had lodged formal offers for Swansea pair Fabianski and Mawson, but they were rejected by the recently-relegated club. It appears that Pellegrini and Husillos, who is set to be imminently confirmed as the new director of football, are signing on the same hymn sheet as they look to take advantage of Swansea plunging into the Championship. Fabianski is a fine keeper and an excellent technician who would be an upgrade on 2017-18 senior pair Joe Hart and Adrian. Mawson is a seriously good centre-back who has come on in leaps and bounds in the last two years. Signed from Barnsley for £5million in the summer of 2016, he is probably worth six times that figure now. He was an ever-present for the Swans in 2017-18 and was their outstanding player in a difficult campaign. With West Ham crying out for a solid defender who is consistent and reliable, he would be a fine capture.