According to a report from the Daily Star, West Ham boss David Moyes is interested in signing Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff this summer.
The Hammers boss might just be on the look-out for further central midfield reinforcements, having just signed Tomas Soucek on a permanent deal.
Carlos Sanchez has finally left the London Stadium, and Mark Noble, whilst still a very important member of the West Ham team, isn’t the player he once was.
The problem for Moyes, however, is that he will have limited funds to spend this year. In fact, it has been widely reported that the Scot must sell before he buys.
So the Hammers boss needs to be thrifty in his player recruitment this summer.
Signing free agents on Moyes’ agenda?
And the Daily Star claims that is exactly what West Ham could do, with a move for Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff.
The 20-year-old is out of contract at St James’ Park this week. So he will be a free agent imminently.
Toon boss Steve Bruce wants to keep him on Tyneside, according to the Daily Star. But as things stand, Longstaff leaving Newcastle seems like the most likely outcome.
Longstaff has scored three goals in 16 appearances for Newcastle so far this season (Transfermarkt).
In seven Premier League appearances, the 20-year-old has averaged 0.5 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 0.5 clearances and 1.6 dribbles per game (Who Scored).
The Newcastle ace clearly has a lot of talent, and he could be a wise addition for West Ham. Especially considering his availability on a free transfer this summer.
Longstaff might just be the ideal long-term replacement for Mark Noble. And that would be quite fitting, considering the fact that the Hammers skipper didn’t cost a penny either.