West Ham and Newcastle set to fight it out for forward 'one step away' from Premier League move

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West Ham and Newcastle are set to go head-to-head for Villarreal forward Arnaut Danjuma this summer, with a transfer for the Dutchman now a matter of days away, according to reports in Spain.

The Dutchman is a versatile forward, able to play on either flank or through the middle, and enjoyed a strong season under former Arsenal boss Unai Emery last time out, netting 10 and grabbing 3 assists in 23 La Liga appearances.

And, he is thought to have a release clause in his current contract in Spain, which could see Danjuma depart for around £40m this summer, with the 25-year-old having previously spoken of having 'unfinished business' in England.

West Ham lead Newcastle

It seems as though the Hammers have stolen a march on Newcastle at present, though that could all change now that the Magpies have finalised a deal for compatriot Sven Botman.

They too need cover in the wide areas, having been scared off by the price placed upon the head of French talent Moussa Diaby this summer, keen to add quality in the final third.

While a fee with West Ham is close to being agreed, personal terms are yet to be discussed, leaving plenty of time for Eddie Howe and co, or even other clubs, to swoop in and take Danjuma away from David Moyes' side.

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