As per a report from French outlet Foot Mercato, Premier League outfits West Ham United and Newcastle United are vying for the signature of Porto star Moussa Marega.
Marega, a 28-year-old Malian striker, has been on the books of Porto since 2016, when he joined the Portuguese giants from Maritimo.
Having initially been sent for a loan spell with Vitoria Guimarães during the 2016/17 campaign, during which he found the net 13 times in the league, Marega subsequently carried his impressive form back to the Estádio do Dragão with Porto the following season, notching 22 goals and 4 assists in 29 Liga NOS outings.
And though the 24-time capped international did not prove quite as prolific domestically this past season (14 goals), his performances in the Champions League saw heads collectively turned around Europe.
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A run of 6 goals in 6 European outings between October and April helped guide Porto to the competition’s quarter-finals.
In addition, strike-rate aside, Marega’s combination of power, work-rate and link-up play have seen him develop into a genuine nightmare to deal with for opposing defenders.
Premier League bound?
As such, it has come as little surprise to see the African linked with a move to the Premier League.
Marega’s game appears tailor-made for the rigours of the English top-flight, with Everton having been touted as a potential destination last summer.
As per the aforementioned update courtesy of Foot Mercato this evening, though, it is another pair of clubs who now appear to be vying for the 28-year-old’s signature.
The sides in question are West Ham United and Newcastle United.
The Hammers and Magpies have already secured respective centre-forward signings this summer, in the form of Sebastien Haller and Joelinton. Foot Mercato, though, suggest that both sides are eyeing further reinforcements up top.
And Marega is seemingly viewed as the ideal option by the boards at the London Stadium and St. James’ Park.
As such, it is claimed that both clubs are ready to activate the Malian’s 30 million Euro release clause.
The decision on where Marega will eventually end up, therefore, has reportedly been left up to the player himself.
Newcastle & West Ham are fighting each other to sign FC Porto forward Moussa Marega; once the player decides between the two, the winner will activate his €30m release clause, @sebnonda reports – full https://t.co/QAp4doNF9E
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 26, 2019