‘It’s surreal.. I feel like I’m dreaming’: Boyhood West Ham fan Flynn Downes signs for Hammers on five-year deal as boss David Moyes lands 23-year-old midfielder from Swansea
- West Ham have announced the signing of Swansea midfielder Flynn Downes
- The 23-year-old joins after agreeing a five-year contract at the London Stadium
- Downes admitted that it feels ‘surreal’ to sign for his ‘boyhood’ club
- The midfielder made 37 Championship appearances for the Swans last year
West Ham have confirmed the signing of Swansea midfielder Flynn Downes on a five-year contract.
The former England-U20 international caught the eye of the London club after impressing in his 37 Championship appearances last campaign for Russell Martin’s side.
Hammers manager David Moyes took an active role in the scouting and recruitment of the 23-year-old to the club he supported as boy.
West Ham have confirmed the signing of Swansea midfielder Flynn Downes (pictured)
Downes made 37 appearances in the league last season for Russell Martin’s Swansea
The former Swansea midfielder’s contract also includes the option of a further 12-month extension.
Speaking on the signing, Hammers boss David Moyes said: ‘We think he’s got good energy. We think he’s got a lot of things which we have about our team, which would want to keep and want to add to.
‘We brought Jarrod Bowen from a similar situation at Hull, so we’re always trying to find boys from the Championship who we think are going to step up to become Premier League players.
‘I’m hoping that Flynn does. I think there’s a good chance as he’s got an awful lot of good attributes.’
The midfielder has not been able to hide his delight over signing for his ‘boyhood’ club
West Ham boss David Moyes has likened the signing to their 2020 purchase of Jarrod Bowen
Moyes says that Downes has ‘got an awful lot of good attributes’ to succeed to West Ham
The former Swans midfielder has already made almost 150 career appearances but could not hide his delight at signing.
‘It’s a surreal feeling to have joined my boyhood club, I feel like I’m dreaming,’ he said.
‘The manager’s track record of bringing players through was a big motivation in me joining the club.
‘I want to be the best I can be and this feels like the perfect opportunity to test myself against the very best players in the Premier League.
‘Players have come to West Ham from the Championship and progressed to international honours. That’s something you can’t ignore.’
Downes admitted he wants ‘to test myself against the very best players in the Premier League’
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