Fabrizio Romano has aimed a subtle dig at Newcastle United in exciting West Ham transfer update overnight.

One report this week summed up how many West Ham fans are feeling about Newcastle right now when they described their interest in Moyes’s targets as ‘obsessive’.

And it is easy to see why.

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Newcastle reportedly made an 11th hour bid to hijack West Ham’s £30m West Ham deal with Rennes for Moroccan defender Nayef Aguerd this week.

West Ham were already busy trying to fight off Newcastle in order to get on loan goalkeeper Alphonse Areola signed up to a permanent deal.

The Hammers and Newcastle have also reportedly been locked in transfer battles over Jesse Lingard, Sven Botman and Hugo Ekitike in recent months.

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When news broke that the Magpies were yet again trying to scupper West Ham’s transfer plans with a move for Aguerd there was a serious sense of deja vu in east London.

With newly-minted Newcastle’s vast riches, they are sure to be rivalling West Ham in their push for the top six.

So the last thing the Hammers need is to be giving them any kind of leg up by seeing their prime transfer targets swiped from under David Moyes’s nose.

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Thankfully for West Ham Newcastle’s latest hijack attempts look set to be unsuccessful with Aguerd expected to be unveiled as a Hammers signing on Monday.

And that has been confirmed by Italian transfer guru Romano.

Romano has aimed a subtle dig at Newcastle in an exciting West Ham transfer update.

Because Romano says Newcastle were never a serious threat as West Ham ‘were always in control’ of the move for Aguerd.

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Fabrizio Romano aims subtle dig at Newcastle in exciting West Ham transfer update

“Nayef Aguerd joins West Ham on a permanent deal for £30m, here we go confirmed,” Romano said on Twitter.

“West Ham have finally completed paperworks with Rennes and Aguerd’s contract is now also signed.

“West Ham official statement on Monday after some twists but with West Ham always in control.

“final (tick, signed) on player side few minutes ago… and official statement on Monday. Enjoy your new CB!”

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So it seems despite Newcastle’s riches and attempts to derail West Ham’s transfer plans, the Hammers were never unduly concerned about losing out on Aguerd to the Eddie Howe.

Aguerd is undoubtedly going to be well paid at West Ham. But he would surely have been offered more at Newcastle.

So it is refreshing to see that for once it was not the be all and end all in a football transfer deal.


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