According to a report from French media outlet Le 10 Sport, Newcastle could now blow West Ham out the water for Marseille ace Morgan Sanson.
The landscape at St James’ Park is set to change very soon. According to BBC Sport, the Magpies are on the brink on being taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium in a deal believed to be worth £300 million.
And that might just be very bad news for the Hammers. At least as far as the race for the Marseille man is concerned.
The east London outfit are interested in signing Sanson this summer, according to a report from French media outlet Le 10 Sport.
And Buzz Sport claimed that West Ham had the edge over Aston Villa, Everton and Newcastle in the race for the 25-year-old.
Le 10 Sport claims that that has all changed now, however, with the Toon set for a takeover by the mega-rich Saudi consortium.
Sanson will be a great addition
The French midfielder is a truly top class performer. And he will be an excellent signing for whichever club wins the race for his signature.
The 25-year-old has racked up five goals and five assists in 27 Ligue 1 outings for Marseille this season (Transfermarkt).
In those appearances, the Frenchman has averaged 30.1 passes per game, with a very impressive completion rate of 85.9%. He has also averaged 1.1 key passes per game (Who Scored).
Sanson clearly isn’t afraid to put in a defensive shift either.
In 27 league appearances, he has averaged 2.2 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game (Who Scored).
Newcastle clear frontrunners according to the French press
Le 10 Sport claims that Sanson could be picked up for around £17-22 million.
And it seems as though if the Magpies are eventually taken over by the Saudis, the Hammers could be fighting a losing battle regarding Sanson.
West Ham might just have to move on to alternative targets.