West Ham Pursue Ajax Midfielder Edson Álvarez as Declan Rice Replacement

According to report from the Guardian, West Ham United has set its sights on Ajax midfielder Edson Álvarez as a potential replacement for Declan Rice, who may depart for Arsenal in the upcoming transfer window.

Manager David Moyes faces the challenge of finding a suitable replacement for Rice, and Álvarez has emerged as a prime target. Ajax has placed a hefty price tag of £45 million on the Mexican midfielder, who was previously the subject of a bid from Chelsea.

West Ham is also considering bolstering their attack with the acquisition of Leicester City’s Harvey Barnes. The club is believed to be in pole position to secure Barnes’ services.

However, their immediate concern lies in finding two central midfielders, with James Ward-Prowse from Southampton also on Moyes’ radar. Ward-Prowse is set to leave Southampton following their relegation from the Premier League.

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While West Ham is keen on signing Álvarez, negotiations over the transfer fee could prove challenging. Ajax is demanding £40 million plus £5 million in add-ons for the 25-year-old, who boasts extensive experience in the UEFA Champions League.

The Hammers are hoping to lower the price, potentially endangering their chances of securing Álvarez’s signature. Borussia Dortmund is rumored to be interested in the midfielder as well, with funds available from the sale of Jude Bellingham to Real Madrid.

Another midfield alternative for West Ham is João Palhinha, who has impressed since joining Fulham for £20 million last summer.

However, Palhinha would likely command a substantial fee, making Ward-Prowse a more appealing option due to his Premier League experience and expertise in set-pieces.

West Ham is hopeful that Ajax might reconsider their asking price for Álvarez, especially after the Dutch club missed out on Champions League qualification.