West Ham United could be forced to intensify their efforts to sign heavily linked Newcastle United trio.

The Hammers are in the market for six players this summer according to the likes of Claret & Hugh.

Manuel Pellegrini is believed to want two strikers, two midfielders, a defender and a back-up goalkeeper.

The East Londoners have been linked with a host of players already this summer.

Indeed four of their reported targets were playing for Newcastle United last season.

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Hammers want Magpies trio

Pellegrini has been linked with a move for Magpies loan striker Salomon Rondon and trio Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and Jamaal Lascelles.

Speaking on The West Ham Way podcast on Phoenix FM (Wednesday 8th May), reliable Hammers source ExWHUemployee told listeners that Hayden, former Hammers academy player Shelvey and Lascelles were all on West Ham’s wishlist.

All three are good players in their own right. But they also have something in common which has become a crucial factor in West Ham’s summer transfer business; they are all English.

It comes after Pellegrini told Sky Sports he is facing a dilemma over satisfying the Premier League’s homegrown player rules.

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Homegrown rule will dictate Pellegrini business

To be ‘homegrown’ a player must be registered with an English team for three years before the age of 21.


Three players who fill those spots look set to leave this summer with Andy Carroll, Jordan Hugill and Sam Byram on the way out.

Another, Aaron Cresswell, is also reportedly being considered for sale.

If that quartet is sold it could leave West Ham with just seven players fitting the homegrown criteria.

“You must be calm and try to choose your best option because if you make a mistake in the squad in this season you are going to pay in the whole year,” Pellegrini told Sky Sports.

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Hayden most likely due to personal circumstances?

“You can have just 17 foreign players, we must have eight English players, we will see which of them can go, which options we have to come.”

That would suggest West Ham will want to push for at least one of the Newcastle trio to hit the quota.

Perhaps the most likely is Hayden for a number of reasons.

Crucially he has already told the club he wants to leave this summer specifically to move back to London to be near his young family (The Sun).

The powerful 24-year-old also fits the profile of player West Ham are looking to sign. Namely young, athletic and in Hayden’s case a box-to-box midfielder.

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