Aston Villa swoop to beat West Ham and Newcastle to striker target Wesley Moraes

Aston Villa have beaten West Ham United and Newcastle United to the signing of reported striker target Wesley Moraes.

According to The Chronicle, West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was battling it out with Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez and Lazio in the race for the powerful Club Brugge star.

It comes as both West Ham and Newcastle look to improve their striker options this summer.

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West Ham and Newcastle striker parallels

West Ham have a keen Interest in Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez.

But interestingly Pellegrini has also been linked with former Newcastle forward Aleksandar Mitrovic and Salomon Rondon (Daily Star), who spent last season on loan with the Magpies.

Neither West Ham nor Newcastle have made any official progress with their striker targets thus far.

Rondon has returned to West Bromwich Albion for the timebeing at least and both Ayoze Perez and Joselu look set to depart too.

Meanwhile West Ham have released another former Newcastle forward Andy Carroll while Lucas Perez has been sold to Alaves.

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Villa beat Magpies and Hammers to Wesley

But it is newly-promoted Villa who have made the first major striker signing of the window so far (Aston Villa FC).

Rather than West Ham or Newcastle, Brazilian striker Wesley will join Villa instead for a reported £20m.

The deal is still subject to a work permit and international clearance.

The 22-year-old has spent the past four seasons with the Belgian side where he has helped them win two league titles, two Belgian Super Cups and netted an impressive 17 goals last season.

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Will duo regret not pushing harder for Brazilian?

Wesley has shone in the Champions League, netting twice in consecutive games in last season’s group stage.

He also scored a winning goal for Brugge against RB Salzburg in the knock-out phase of the 2018/19 Europa League.

The 6ft 3in striker was crowned De Golden Schoen. That is the award given to the best young player of the year in the Belgian Pro League.

Time will tell if West Ham and Newcastle live to regret not pushing harder for Wesley. The Premier League is a totally different proposition.

And both Pellegrini and Benitez knows what it takes while Villa boss Dean Smith is new to the top flight.

From the outside Wesley seems to be a player ideally suited to the English game.

The proof of the pudding will be in the eating.

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