According to a report from French publication Le 10 Sport, Newcastle have joined West Ham in the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

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Frank Lampard has plenty of competition for places at Stamford Bridge in the central midfield department.

And the Sun claims that the Blues are desperate to get rid of the 25-year-old this summer. The British newspaper suggest that the Frenchman could be available for around £35 million.

Although it is likely that that asking price will have dropped now due to the financial impact of the global health crisis.

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Tiemoue Bakayoko (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

David Moyes will undoubtedly be keen to bolster his central midfield ranks at the London Stadium.

And the same could be said for Steve Bruce at St James’ Park.

Le 10 Sport claims that Newcastle and West Ham are both keen to sign Bakayoko from Chelsea this summer.

 

But would the Frenchman be a good addition for the Hammers or the Magpies?

The 25-year-old has spent this season on loan with Ligue 1 outfit Monaco. And despite struggling to establish himself with Chelsea, he has shown glimpses of his best form back in France this term.

In 20 league outings for the French side this season, Bakayoko has racked up one goal and two assists (Who Scored).

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Tiemoue Bakayoko (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

In those appearances, the Chelsea-owned ace has averaged 2.4 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 0.9 clearances and 1.3 dribbles (Who Scored).

The Frenchman has a gangly style, is energetic and dynamic, and on his day, he can be a truly brilliant central midfield powerhouse.

Bakayoko would be a decent addition for either Newcastle or West Ham.

£35 million does seem like an awful lot of money for someone who has found it difficult to impress in the Premier League, however.

Perhaps the Hammers and the Toon will be able to pick him up for closer to the £20 million mark. And then it might be worth both clubs taking a punt on the Chelsea man.

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