West Ham United are being linked with a move for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani but face competition from Newcastle United.

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That’s according to Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio.

West Ham boss David Moyes is desperate for defensive reinforcements and has been linked with a host of players.

West Ham are still trying to sign Burnley defender James Tarkowski after Moyes admitted his interest last week.

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West Ham and Newcastle desperate for defensive reinforcements

Meanwhile Newcastle appear to be back in the market for a centre-back after a woeful 3-0 defeat to Brighton last time out.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio on his own website, West Ham are pushing to sign Rugani as Juventus look to offload fringe players.

At 6ft 3in and a physically very strong, Rugani seems ideally suited to the rough and tumble of the English game.

The 26-year-old played just 14 games for Juve last season and according to Di Marzio is not a part of new boss Andrea Pirlo’s plans.

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Hammers and Magpies ‘leading the way’ for Juve outcast Rugani

That will be music to the ears of West Ham and Newcastle in pursuit of a top class centre-back.


Gianluca Di Marzio claims West Ham and Newcastle are ‘leading the way’ in the race to sign Rugani, who is an Italian international.

Chances are he would be a lot cheaper than Tarkowski.

But there is also an element of risk as the defender is untested in the Premier League.

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Surely West Ham can’t miss out to Newcastle again?

West Ham will be keen not to miss out to Newcastle for yet another signing.

Steve Bruce has already beaten Moyes to the signings of Jeff Hendrick, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser this summer due to a lack of investment from unpopular West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

The irony that equally unpopular Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is willing to fund some excellent transfer business, despite actively trying to sell the club, is not lost on West Ham fans.

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