Noel Whelan has tipped West Ham to join Newcastle United in the hunt for Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn this summer.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 25-year-old will be in high demand if the Villans suffer relegation this season.

The Scotland international was a standout performer for Villa before a broken ankle ruled him out of action in December.

The Daily Star report that Newcastle manager Steve Bruce is keen on reuniting with the man he signed from Hibernian back in 2018 if Villa drop back into the Championship.

However, Whelan claims that West Ham will also be in the hunt after their own disappointing season.

Asked about Newcastle’s interest, Whelan told Football Insider: “I think they’ll be considering him – right age, knows the Premier League, got a bit of experience this season and done really, really well.

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“He’s an international as well so he’d be the sort of person that would fit into a Newcastle role, probably a West Ham role as well, to be honest. He’s the sort of player that West Ham and Newcastle need. There’s loads of talent in that kid, there really is.

“I was really impressed when I saw him play for Aston Villa at the start of the Premier League, he doesn’t look out of place, he looks very comfortable in the top flight.

“There will be many clubs interested if Aston Villa do go down, he’s probably one of their stars on the fringe of moving.” 

McGinn has scored three goals and contributed two assists in 18 Premier League appearances so far.

He has played a total of 65 times for the Villans, while he also has 21 caps for Scotland under his belt.

In other West Ham news, the Irons have been tipped to reignite a move for a right-sided flyer this summer.