As the January transfer window looms, West Ham United is exploring the possibility of securing Southampton’s jet-heeled star, Kyle Walker-Peters, without shelling out a single penny, writes the Hammer.News. The intricate web of potential deals involves players moving in both directions between the Hammers and the Saints.
Following the loan of Flynn Downes and the acquisition of James Ward-Prowse, West Ham’s dealings with Southampton might extend further. Recent reports, including insights from Claret and Hugh with connections inside the West Ham boardroom, suggest that striker Danny Ings could make a return to St Mary’s in the upcoming transfer window.
Moreover, Southampton is reportedly keen on securing the services of contract rebel Ben Johnson from West Ham. With Johnson’s contract expiring in the summer, the Saints view him as a valuable addition to aid their promotion push in the Championship.
In a strategic move, West Ham is eyeing the prospect of bringing in Kyle Walker-Peters from Southampton. The Hammers are in dire need of reinforcements in the full-back positions, where they lack depth beyond the starting duo of Emerson and Vladimir Coufal.
Crucially, West Ham might not have to open their wallet to acquire the 26-year-old speedster, as Walker-Peters’ contract with Southampton is set to expire at the end of the season. This limitation reduces Southampton’s bargaining power in terms of transfer fees.
The reported interest in Danny Ings and Ben Johnson from Southampton opens up the possibility of a mutually beneficial swap deal. West Ham could use the services of one or both of these players as part of a swap for Walker-Peters, who possesses versatility as both a right-back and left-back.
To facilitate any incoming signings when the transfer window opens, West Ham needs to offload players to create space in the squad and generate funds. The top source inside West Ham, as confirmed to Hammers News, emphasized the importance of player departures to meet these requirements.
Sending Ings and/or Johnson to Southampton not only addresses squad management concerns but also eliminates the need for West Ham to spend money. The intricate swap deal could emerge as a smart and cost-effective solution for both clubs, paving the way for Walker-Peters to don the claret and blue in the near future.