By Wayne Veysey

23rd Aug, 2016 | 6:08pm

Newcastle join race for 24-year-old West Ham target – report

By Tom Blackburn

Newcastle want to make a late bid to sign West Ham target Achraf Lazaar from Palermo, according to a report.

Italian website Tutto Mercato Web claim Toon boss Rafa Benitez wants to make the most of delays between Palermo and West Ham, by making an offer for the 24-year-old.

The Evening Standard claimed last week that West Ham were leading the race to land the left-sided player for £2.5million.

Italian publication Mediagol claimed that the Morocco international had agreed a three-year contract with the Hammers before the move went quiet.

Tutto Mercato Web claimed on Monday that there was a chase to sign Lazaar involving Crystal Palace, Premier League rivals Southampton and La Liga side Celta Vigo.

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Lazaar can play in defence and on the left side of midfield, and his versatility is said to be a major part of his game.

He has less than 12 months remaining on his Rosanero deal and is available at a relatively cut-price £2.5million.

The 16-time capped international was integral to Palermo’s Serie A campaign last season, making 30 domestic appearances for Davide Ballardini’s side.

Newcastle have outspent all of their Championship rivals in this transfer window by recruiting a host of Premier League players, with pair Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie costing a combined £22million.

They picked up their second win of the season on Saturday when they beat Bristol City 2-1.

In other Newcastle transfer news, a reliable journalist gives an update on their pursuit of a Champions League spearhead.