West Ham United are confident that they will win the race to sign Shane Duffy from Brighton and Hove Albion this summer, according to a report from the London Evening Standard.
Duffy’s future has been a talking point for much of the window up until this point. The Daily Record recently named four sides chasing the centre-back, including the Hammers and Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.
The report noted that the pair were the front-runners. And the London Evening Standard has now claimed that David Moyes’s men are confident of signing Duffy.
Of course, Moyes will surely be reluctant to relax until he is standing alongside the 28-year-old holding a Claret and Blue shirt. But it does appear to be a positive sign.
TBR View: Duffy could prove smart signing for Hammers
The Record’s recent report noted that West Ham were ready to offer £5 million for the Republic of Ireland international.
For that kind of money, it could prove to be a fantastic piece of business for the Irons.
Duffy – who earns £40,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – did not play regularly for the Seagulls last season. But he has proven himself in the top flight. And there is no reason why he cannot enjoy several more years at the highest level.
It may not be the kind of transfer that sends swathes of fans flocking to the London Stadium to witness an unveiling. But a move for Duffy has the potential to be an extremely smart deal from Moyes’s men.