West Ham United are confident of beating Newcastle United in the race to sign Porto striker Moussa Marega, according to a report published by The Mirror.
The Mali international is free to leave his current club this summer due to a £27 million clause in his contract, the report states.
Both West Ham and Newcastle are reportedly looking to sign the player to bolster their squads ahead of the new season.
The Hammers have lost Andy Carroll, Marko Arnautovic and Lucas Perez this summer, with the London club looking light on options in attack. While West Ham have added Sebastien Haller to their side, they still need additional options.
Newcastle meanwhile lost Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon who were two of their most effective attackers last season. They have since recruited Joelinton in a club record deal from Hoffenheim. However, the Brazilian is untested in England and so the Magpies must also bring in additional attacking options.
Reported West Ham target Marega has an impressive reputation after having scored 45 goals in 99 appearances in Portugal. Last season, he scored 15 goals and contributed seven assists.
Some fans will remember him for his poor display in the Champions League against Liverpool as he spurned a lot of good opportunities during his side’s 4-1 defeat against the Reds.
One of Marega’s strengths is that he is versatile and can operate across a front three. This means that he can still slot in easily into the starting xi of Newcastle and West Ham in spite of the duo having acquired Joelinton and Haller.
Marega is now 28 and will be hungry to test himself at the highest level in England. He would be a good coup for either the Magpies or the Hammers.