West Ham are battling Newcastle for the signing of Morocco World Cup star Azzedine Ounahi ahead of the January transfer window.

That’s according to a report from 90Min who claim that that the Hammers and Newcastle could be set for a real transfer tussle for the 22-year-old’s signature this whiner.

Ounahi really caught the eye with his performances for Morocco at the World Cup out in Qatar over the past couple of weeks or so.

So it’s little wonder why Newcastle and West Ham might be interested in signing the Angers SCO central midfielder this winter.

France v Morocco: Semi Final - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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Eddie Howe and David Moyes will both be keen to bolster their central midfield ranks at St James’ Park and the London Stadium in January.

And Ounahi would undoubtedly be a superb addition for either the Magpies or the Hammers…

Newcastle and West Ham in for Morocco World Cup star

90Min reckon that both Premier League clubs are eying up January moves to sign the 22-year-old Angers SCO ace Azzedine Ounahi.

Ounahi really put himself on the map with a succession of stunning displays for Morocco out in Qatar.

The Morocco international is a central midfielder by trade, but can also operate further forward or even in the deep-lying role.

He has energy in abundance, is a tenacious tackler and a relentless presser.

Newcastle and West Ham in for Morocco World Cup star
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Ounahi seems to have all of the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League.

L’Equipe recently claimed that he won’t come cheap though – £39 million to be precise.

Taking that fee into account, Newcastle are surely better positioned than West Ham to sign the Morocco World Cup star in January.

The Toon now have the richest owners in the game, so their financial muscle is far superior to ours.

And if Howe does win the race for him, it will very much be the Magpies’ gain and the Hammers’ loss.

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