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West Ham United to launch double raid on Newcastle United FC

  • Andros Townsend and Georginio Wijnaldum both linked with a move away from Newcastle United
  • West Ham United could launch double raid on Magpies pair
  • Two players expected to cost in excess of £25m

In the latest West Ham United transfer news, the East London outfit are reportedly eager to secure the signatures of two Newcastle United players - Andros Townsend and Georginio Wijnaldum.


The Magpies may face a player exodus in the summer as Newcastle suffered relegation into the Championship, having only banked 37 points from 38 games - just two points shy of local rivals Sunderland, who finished in 17th and retain their own Premier League status.

Townsend and Wijnaldum were two of Newcastle's few form players in the previous campaign, with perhaps only Moussa Sissoko ending the season with any credit. 

Wijnaldum, 25, returned an 85% passing accuracy, produced 46 key passes, five assists and scored 11 goals from 53 shots attempted.

Though Wijnaldum is contractually-bound to the St James's Park club until 2020, Newcastle may be powerless to keep one of their star players, particularly if an offer of £15m to £20m arrives at the negotiating table. 

Fleet footed winger Townsend, 24, also returned decent statistics, with 28 dribbles, 17 crosses, 26 key passes, two assists and four goals from just 12 starts. 

It was his form since his switch from Tottenham Hotspur that attracted Roy Hodgson's attention as the England national team manager called the attacker up into his provisional squad and could make the final cut of 23, expected to be announced at the end of the season.

Walthamstow-born Townsend has a long-term deal at Newcastle, lasting up until 2021, but Squawka Football speculate that he could constitute one half of a double deal that ensures his return to London.

West Ham ended the campaign in seventh place, possess one of the most exciting players in the Premier League in Dimitri Payet and will hope to push on next season.

The Hammers could also enjoy Europa League football next season but must hope Manchester United defeat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup to extend the European places to include their Premier League rank.


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West Ham United to launch double raid on Newcastle United FC

In the latest West Ham United transfer news, the East London outfit are reportedly eager to secure the signatures of two Newcastle United players - Andros Townsend and Georginio Wijnaldum.

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