Reported double swoop for Ben Gibson and Alfie Mawson could signal start of incredibly bright future for West Ham

Manuel Pellegrini, manager of Manchester City looks on after the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium on May 15, 2016 in Swansea,...

West Ham United are reportedly keen on signing the Middlesbrough and Swansea City stars.

The former coach of Manchester City, Chilean Manuel Pellegrini (L), arrives for the draw of the Copa Sudamericana football tournament, in Santiago, on July 12, 2016.

Manuel Pellegrini has a lot of work to do at the London Stadium this summer, if he is to guide his West Ham side back into contention for the Europa League places, after their miserable campaign last term.

Defence seems to be a department where the Chilean is desperate to bolster.

The Hammers are reportedly interested in signing Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson, according to the Sun, and Swansea City's Alfie Mawson, according to the Times.

And if West Ham manage to bring both defenders to east London this summer, it could turn out to be a double deal that signals the start of what is a very bright future for the club.

Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough claps the fans after the game during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur at the Riverside Stadium on September 24, 2016 in...

Following James Collins' release from the club, concerns regarding Winston Reid's fitness and Angelo Ogbonna on the wrong side of 30, an injection of youth into the Hammers' defence will surely be a priority for Pellegrini.

Gibson, 25, and Mawson, 24, would both fit that criteria, and for a combined fee of around £40 million, West Ham's defence could be totally transformed next season.

The Middlesbrough man is a solid defender. He's strong in the air, as well as being quick along the ground, and he has a lot to offer at the very highest level.

Swansea player Alfie Mawson (r) holds off the challenege of Christian Eriksen on Spurs during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at Liberty Stadium on...

The Swansea centre-back, meanwhile, is equally as competent as his Championship counterpart.

He is a competent man-marker, and would bring a certain level of tenacity to the Hammers' back-line.

West Ham's recent recruitment has been woefully poor, but if they manage to sign the English duo, Hammers fans will finally have something to shout about.

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