Following the South Wales club’s dire ‘swansong’ in the Premier League and subsequent relegation down to the Championship, the tradition poaching of the table sliders has begun, with West Ham the interested party in bringing one of their standout men to East London.
Swansea’s goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański is seen as their man between the sticks for the foreseeable future. Former England number 1 Joe Hart has just ended his disappointing spell at the London Stadium and returned to Manchester City, and Adrian has only one year left on his current deal with the Hammers.
West Ham are looking to rebuild after a difficult couple of seasons, and bringing in Premier League winner Manuel Pellegrini for David Moyes is seen as a way to appease the tired fans frustrated with turgid football.
Moreover, Pellegrini will be charged to shore up a woeful defence that leaked the most amount of goals in 2017/18, starting with a safe pair of hands in net.
Swansea’s Fabiański has consistently redeemed himself following tumultuous times at Arsenal where he began his English career back in 2007. A series of clangers in his time in North London provided him the moniker ‘Flabby Hands-ki’ yet move but his move to Swansea in 2014 paid dividends to his credibility.
An excellent debut 14/15 season at the Liberty saw the Polish international keep the joint-second highest clean sheets in the Premier League- the same amount as Thibault Courtois at champions Chelsea.
Despite a steady decline in the team’s performances after this and the recent eventual descent into the English second tier, Fabiański retained his place for Swansea in every single game, eventually leading to 150 appearances for the club.
He is contracted with the Swans for just one more season, and West Ham could expect to see a figure of around £7million to obtain the 33 year-old, who is currently on international duty with the Poland team ahead of the World Cup.