Report: Borussia Dortmund pip Liverpool and West Ham to £20m deal for Manuel Akanji

Manuel Akanji of Switzerland looks on during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: First Leg between Northern Ireland and Switzerland at Windsor Park on November 9, 2017 in Belfast,...

Liverpool and West Ham United are among the clubs to have seemingly missed out on Basel's Manuel Akanji.

Conor Washington of Northern Ireland and Manuel Akanji of Switzerland during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off first leg between Northern Ireland and Switzerland at Windsor Park...Conor Washington of Northern Ireland and Manuel Akanji of Switzerland

According to the Daily Mail, Borussia Dortmund are poised to beat a host of Premier League clubs in the race to sign Basel defender Manuel Akanji.

Akanji, 22, joined Basel from Winterthur back in 2015, and he has now become one of the top young players not only in Switzerland, but in the whole of Europe.

The centre back has managed to bag five goals in 41 games for Basel, and he has already grabbed four caps for Switzerland at senior level ahead of what should be a huge World Cup for him.

Manuel Akanji of Switzerland looks on during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: First Leg between Northern Ireland and Switzerland at Windsor Park on November 9, 2017 in Belfast,...

Now, the Daily Mail report that Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are poised to sign Akanji in a £20million deal, beating a host of Premier League clubs to his signature.

It's claimed that Liverpool, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United were all keen to sign Akanji, but Dortmund have swooped in and seemingly landed their man.

Liverpool snapped up Virgil van Dijk earlier this month but had seemingly been open to the idea of bringing in another centre back, whilst Southampton could have lined him up as Van Dijk's successor.

Basel's defender Manuel Akanji (L) challenges Benfica's Swiss forward Haris Seferovic (R) during the UEFA Champions League football match SL Benfica vs FC Basel at the Luz stadium in...

West Ham are seemingly looking to bring in a young centre back to challenge with the likes of Jose Fonte, Winston Reid and James Collins, and West Brom may lose Jonny Evans this month, with Akanji possibly viewed as a replacement.

However, all four teams will now seemingly have to look elsewhere, as Akanji is heading to Signal Iduna Park to join international teammate Roman Burki as a Dortmund player.

Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United and Manuel Akanji of FC Basel battle for possession during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and FC Basel at Old Trafford...

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