Report: West Ham United to sign Silkeborg IF defender Frederik Alves Ibsen in January

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According to Sky Sports’ Anthony Joseph, West Ham United are set to sign Silkeborg IF defender Frederik Alves Ibsen for £ 1.2 million when the winter transfer window opens next month.

Both parties agreed on the rate in October and the player was in London last month to finalize personal terms before his move.

West Ham and the Danish Super League club are now awaiting a UK work permit, before Alves moves in in January, and it doesn’t seem like that should be a problem.

The Hammers have impressed in their first 10 Premier League games from 2020-21, winning five and drawing twice after having faced the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City and Liverpool.

David Moyes’s men are currently fifth in the table and they are looking to bolster their roster for the second half of the season after an outstanding start.

The Danish Under-21 center-back has been a linchpin for Silkeborg since his debut in 2018, helping them rise at the end of that season.

Alves has played 46 games for them, and he appears to have played the last one after the club announced earlier last month that they had sold him to an unnamed club.

That club is believed to be West Ham, but it remains to be seen whether the defender will enter the senior squad directly or initially join the Under-23s.

Moyes knows the Hammers are on a tight budget and has focused primarily on unearthing hidden gems that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

He has signed Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma since returning to London Stadium a year ago, and those deals have proven to be excellent deals for West Ham.

Adding Alves to the team could also be a smart business despite little known about the youngster, and it will be interesting to see what happens next month.

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