According to a report from FC Inter News, West Ham and Newcastle could be set to battle it out for Nice ace Malang Sarr this summer. Some Hammers fans think he’s nailed on to join the Magpies, however.

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David Moyes will be keen to bring a new central defender to the London Stadium this summer.

And the same can be said of Steve Bruce at St James’ Park.

The 21-year-old centre-back will be available on a free transfer this summer.

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Malang Sarr (Photo by YANN COATSALIOU/AFP via Getty Images)

But he will demand a large salary, according to FC Inter News.

So that alone means that Newcastle should have an advantage over West Ham. It has been reported that a Saudi investment group are ready to buy the Toon for around £300 million (BBC).

And if and when that goes through, the Tyneside outfit will have huge financial muscle.

Sarr would be a very good signing for either the Hammers or the Magpies.

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Malang Sarr  (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

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The Frenchman has made 19 Ligue 1 appearances for Nice this season. During those outings, the centre-back has averaged one tackle, 1.9 interceptions and 1.4 clearances. He has won an average of 0.7 aerial duals per game during those matches (Who Scored). So he clearly needs to work on becoming slightly more dominant in the air.

He does gave great potential, however. At 21, he has a lot to prove still. But he has all the basic ingredients needed to be a truly top class defender.

 

Some West Ham fans have taken to Twitter in reaction to the report suggesting that Sarr is a target for David Moyes this summer…

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