A West Ham star linked to Newcastle has posted a new message on social media and fans are demanding the same thing.

Ashby, 20, came close to joining Newcastle United on transfer deadline day in the summer, according to The Daily Mail.

Last minutes links to the likes of Ola Aina emerged as speculation intensified that young academy graduate Ashby could leave West Ham for Newcastle (The Daily Mail).

West Ham fans were extremely unhappy at the prospect of losing swashbuckling young full-back Ashby to the newly-minted Magpies.

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And the spectre of that move has not gone away with talk that Ashby will still leave for Newcastle in January as he is refusing to sign a new deal with West Ham.

Many Hammers supporters are loathe to lose Ashby, who has shown great promise during first team appearances over the last couple of seasons.

West Ham fans were understandably concerned when Ashby’s social media activity amid the transfer rumours appeared to suggest a move to Newcastle might be on the cards.

In the end the move to Newcastle did not transpire, though, and Ashby remained at West Ham, where he is said to be frustrated by his lack of first team involvement.

The Scotland youth international has had an injury recently but returned to the fold for West Ham’s Europa Conference League dead rubber against FCSB in Romania on Thursday night.

Ashby came on in the second half and showed just why Newcastle boss Eddie Howe, who shares the same agent as the Hammers starlet, wants him at St James’ Park.

The powerful, energetic and pacy fullback was instantly involved, sending in dangerous whipped crosses for West Ham in a 3-0 victory.

Ashby is likely to feature in the West Ham squad again for the Carabao Cup clash with Blackburn in midweek.

Although many West Ham fans are calling for him to be bumped up the pecking order given the poor form of Ben Johnson and Vladimir Coufal.

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Now the West Ham star linked to Newcastle has posted a new message on social media and fans are all demanding the same thing.

“Guess who’s back,” Ashby posted on Twitter alongside picture of him and his fellow academy stars in action against FCSB.

But West Ham supporters had their own three-word message – ‘sign the contract’.

That is the overriding plea to Ashby from the Hammers faithful on social media amid the looming interest from Newcastle ahead of the January window.

Losing Ashby to a direct rival – which is what Newcastle have become in a short space of time under Howe after a superb start to the season – would be a bitter blow.

West Ham fans love nothing more than seeing one of their own graduate into the first team.

And the message to the flying right-back is clear, commit to West Ham and forget about Newcastle.

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