Report: Newcastle and West Ham willing to meet striker's £27m release clause
French outlet Foot Mercato have claimed that both Newcastle United and West Ham United are willing to splash the cash on FC Porto striker Moussa Marega this summer, with the striker set to pick between the two sides.
Marega, 28, was in sensational form for Porto last season, clocking up 47 appearances in all competitions and having a hand in 32 goals. He scored 21 times for the Portuguese side, as well as laying on 11 assists.
Six of those goals came in the Champions League, where he finished third highest goalscorer in the competition alongside Manchester City star Sergio Aguero and Juventus world-beater Cristiano Ronaldo.
An 18-time Mali international, Marega has constantly been linked with a move to the Premier League and it looks as though he may finally get his dream move this summer. Newcastle and West Ham are willing to pay his exit clause.
That fee is said to be a whopping £27million for Marega, who has scored at a ratio of almost a goal every two games for Porto – finding the back of the net 45 times in 100 outings. He has a contract until the summer of 2021.
TBR’s view – Newcastle need Marega more than West Ham
The Hammers have brought in Sebastian Haller from Eintracht Frankurt for a whopping £45million, and he is set to spearhead the West Ham attack next season. The Hammers also boast Michail Antonio and Javier Hernandez.
Meanwhile, Newcastle lost their talisman from last season in the form of Salomon Rondon – who has joined Rafa Benitez in China. Joselu has also left, while Dwight Gayle is expected to leave before the August 8 deadline.
Newcastle have brought in Joelinton but they have little other option, with Joelinton one of those strikers that can also play out wide and in the 10 role. Newcastle need Marega more than West Ham.