Newcastle are clearly in the box seat ahead of West Ham in the summer transfer race to sign Manchester City defender Nathan Ake.
The Sun claims that Man City are demanding £50 million for the 27-year-old defender so it’s clear to see why Newcastle are better placed than the Hammers.
The Magpies are now the richest club in world football after the recent takeover from the Saudi Public Investment Fund.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe will have unlimited funds to spend this summer and will be able to bring some of the very best players in the world to St James’ Park.
Meanwhile, West Ham manager David Moyes will have to be thrifty with his player recruitment as per usual.
And for that reason alone, it seems as though there will be only one winner in the race to sign Nathan Ake from Manchester City…
Newcastle in box seat to secure Nathan Ake summer transfer
According to The Sun, Man City are demanding £50 million for the 26-capped Holland international defender.
Eddie Howe will surely be backed to the hilt by the Toon owners this summer and that should enable him to bring Ake to St James’ Park with ease.
Ake is a top-class player and will be a great signing for whichever club wins the race for his signature.
He has a key attribute that both Newcastle and West Ham are after – the fact that he is left-footed.
Standing at just 5ft 11 in, the former Chelsea ace isn’t the tallest of centre-backs but he has a great leap and is very strong in the air. He’s quick along the ground as well.
Ake is a very strong tackler and has impressive positional awareness.
His ability to play in both the centre-back and left-back positions will undoubtedly appeal to both Moyes and Howe.
But will he end up at St James’ Park or The London Stadium?
We believe that Newcastle are in the box seat to wrap up a summer transfer deal for Ake. And as West Ham fans, we can accept that…as long as Moyes manages to bring Nayef Aguerd to the London Stadium. In my opinion, signing the Moroccan represents far better value anyway.