West Ham target Swansea boss Garry Monkby Jack Kitson / 16 April 2015, 09:17Tweet
West Ham United are keen to make a move for Swansea City boss Garry Monk this summer, according to The Daily Star. Rumours are rife that the Hammers are set to replace gaffer Sam Allardyce in the dugout when his contract expires at the end of the season, with Monk reportedly catching the attention of Iron owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
Monk has won numerous plaudits since succeeding Michael Laudrup in the Swansea dugout back in February 2014, having emerged as one of the most highly rated young managers in English football. Last term the 36-year-old steadied the ship and steered the Swans to a 12th-place finish, nine points clear of the relegation zone.
The current campaign has been an impressive one for Monk and his troops, who last weekend equalled their record Premier League points tally (47) following a 1-1 draw with Everton. With six games remaining the Welsh club will be aiming to break the 50 point mark for the first time, as they bid to swat away the challenge from West Ham, Stoke and Crystal Palace, and grab 8th spot come the end of the season.
Swansea's progress - which hasn't been hampered by the departure of Wilfred Bony in January - has inevitably made Monk a man in demand. Swans chairman Huw Jenkins will be desperate to hold onto his manager, whose contract currently stretches through to the summer of 2017.
Despite these reports Monk does not yet feature in the Next West Ham Manager Market, which currently contains the likes of David Moyes, Rafa Benitez, Slaven Bilic, Gus Poyet and Marcelo Bielsa among the favourites, while Monk's predecessor Laudrup would be worth a punt at 20/1 with Paddy Power.
Real Sociedad boss Moyes has long been linked with a move to Upton Park, however the Scot only took charge of the La Liga side back in November, and is believed to be happy with life in Spain.