Fulham set to sign Swansea’s $26M Mawson

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Fulham is ready to spend big to add Premier League experience to its back line.

Alfie Mawson is the name, and the 24-year-old did his best to keep Swansea City in the top flight last season.

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Mawson took some time to adjust to the league after arriving from Barnsley in 2016, with some rough performances under Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley.

But he found his form as Swans beat the drop in 2017, and then had a fine season at both ends of the pitch in 2017-18. He’s scored six goals since the calendar hit 2017.

Mawson could pair with USMNT center back Tim Ream, who signed a new deal at Craven Cottage this summer.

The move calls to mind a cheaper buy from a relegated club that certainly paid dividends: Leicester’s purchase of Harry Maguire from Hull City.