Southampton Handed Boost Ahead Of Summer Window

Southampton have been dealt a boost ahead of the summer transfer window as there are reports that West Ham United are willing to accept an offer for Flynn Downes.

Downes moved to the London Stadium two summers ago for a reported £12 million after a successful spell at Swansea City. In his debut campaign with the Hammers, the midfielder featured 35 times and was in the squad as the club won the UEFA Europa Conference League back in May.

Southampton Set For Crunch Talks Over Summer Deal

However, at the start of the 2023/24 season, the 25-year-old moved to Southampton on a season-long loan following the club’s relegation to the Championship. No option-to-buy clause was inserted in the loan agreement between the two sides, meaning Downes will return to East London at the end of the campaign.

Nevertheless, Football Insider are now reporting that West Ham are willing to listen to offers to sell the Englishman on a permanent basis. The outlet are claiming that the Hammers believe Downes won’t receive much game-time with the likes of Edson Alvarez and Tomas Soucek in the squad.

Downes has been an integral part of Russell Martin’s side who have managed to finish fourth in the Championship, booking their place in the play-off semi-finals. The midfielder has made 33 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice and recording two assists.

This news possibly offers Southampton a boosted opportunity to sign Downes permanently over the summer transfer window. His market value currently stands at £6 million, as per Transfermarkt, a figure which has decreased by £1.7 million since the beginning of the campaign.

Writer’s View

West Ham will likely want to earn their money back on a deal for Downes, who originally cost the club £12 million. He still has three years remaining on his current deal so the London club could look for at least £10 million.

Regardless, whether Southampton can afford to bring Downes back to the club or not will possibly depend on the league they play in next season. Should the Saints remain in the Championship, parachute payments will be greatly reduced and the club will be less likely to splash huge money on one player.

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