Newcastle are reportedly ready to try and sign West Ham target Memphis Depay from Barcelona in the January transfer window with a £17 million bid.

That’s according to a report from Tuttomercatoweb who claim that Barcelona will snap Newcastle’s hand off for the 28-year-old forward in January.

That’s because Depay is out of contract in the summer of 2023, and Hammers boss David Moyes is allegedly keen to bring the 86-capped Holland international to the London Stadium.

The ex-Manchester United attacker is an elite talent and would be an exceptional addition for West Ham in my view, so Newcastle lining up a bid to sign him is obviously bad news for Moyes.

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The Magpies signing Depay will have a lot of people in East London glancing at St James’ Park with envious eyes…

Newcastle line up £17 million bid to sign ‘truly unplayable’ Memphis Depay

The Dutchman is on the radar of the Toon according to Tuttomercatoweb, and Eddie Howe is allegedly ready to make a £17 million bid to secure his services in the January transfer window.

I think Depay will be a big hit in the Premier League this time around, in spite of his struggles with Man United previously.

Depay bagged 13 goals and two assists in 38 games for Barca last season (Transfermarkt).

The Dutch ace is an enigmatic, precocious talent and on his day he is unplayable. Depay is incredibly strong as well and would be ideally suited to leading the line on his own for the Hammers.

Newcastle line up £17 million bid to sign 'truly unplayable' Memphis Depay
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The Barcelona attacker has been described as a player with ‘unreal skill’ by The Metro. Meanwhile, Football Orange describe him as ‘truly unplayable’.

Sure, he has displayed some attitude problems in the past but a fresh start at a new club might just be exactly what he needs to help him rediscover his best form.

£17 million is an awful lot of money to pay for someone who will be out of contract in six months.

However, because of the money that Newcastle have at their disposal, they can afford to offer that kind of money to sign Memphis Depay in January – something that West Ham won’t be able to do.

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