Newcastle could be set to battle it out with West Ham for the signature of Attila Szalai in the January transfer window.

That’s according to a report from the Chronicle who suggest that Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign the 24-year-old as an alternative to Diego Carlos.

Sky Sports reported earlier this month that Hammers boss David Moyes wants to bring the £17 million-rated centre-back to the London Stadium in the January transfer window.

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West Ham might just have a real battle on our hands for the 23-capped Hungary international’s signature, however, with Newcastle now in the running.

West Ham could now face competition from Newcastle for Attila Szalai in the January transfer window
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Moyes desperately needs to sign a top-class centre-back before deadline day. Angelo Ogbonna is out injured for the season whilst Kurt Zouma has only just returned to action. Meanwhile Issa Diop shouldn’t be anywhere near a Premier League starting XI.

Signing Szalai would be a great move from Moyes in the January window. It will seemingly be incredibly hard for us to get a deal for the Fenerbahce defender over the line though…

West Ham face competition from Newcastle for Attila Szalai in the January transfer window

Chronicle reckon that having failed to get a deal for Diego Carlos over the line, Toon boss Eddie Howe has now been given the chance to bring the Hungary international to St James’ Park this month.

Given the Magpies’ new-found wealth, that could be a huge problem for the Hammers.

The 24-year-old is absolutely perfect for West Ham. And missing out on him to Newcastle this month would be a huge shame.

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First and foremost, he is left-footed. That is crucial considering the fact that Ogbonna is not only out injured for the season but is also nearing the end of his playing career.

Secondly, standing at 6ft 4in tall, the Hungarian is tall, powerful and physically imposing.

In 21 Super Lig appearances for Fenerbahce so far this season, Szalai has averaged 1.3 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 2.2 clearances per game. He has also won an average of 1.5 aerial duels per match during those outings(Who Scored).

The powerful defender is pretty good with his feet as well. In 21 league outings this season, Szalai has made 49.2 passes per game on average and has recorded a mightily impressive completion rate of 80.2% (Who Scored).

£17 million for Szalai’s signature seems like fantastic value to us. He could play at the heart of West Ham’s defence for the next 8-10 years and would be able to form a really solid partnership with Kurt Zouma.

However, Newcastle’a apparent interest in signing the 24-year-old defender will certainly be an unwelcome inconvenience for the Hammers.

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