Report: Newcastle and West Ham embark on transfer mission for £27m-rated red-hot striker
By Russell Edge
Newcastle United and West Ham have embarked on several scouting missions for Villareal striker Cedric Bakambu this season, according to a report.
Spanish publication Marca claim on their website that the English duo, along with West Brom, have been keeping close tabs on the 26-year-old this season after demonstrating some red-hot form in front of goal.
He has netted nine goals in 14 appearances across all competitions for Villareal so far, with eight strikes in ten league outings, to help the Yellow Submarine reach fifth in the La Liga table.
West Ham are credited with having previously made a £22million (€25million) approach for the 16-cap Democratic Republic of Congo striker, but his club reportedly refused to let him leave for less than the £27million (€30million) release clause in his contract.
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There is no doubt that Bakambu has demonstrated some impressive form in front of goal this season, and he has proved he is not a flash in the pan with 42 goals in 98 appearances for Villareal. It should come as no surprise then that the likes of Newcastle and West Ham are eyeing him up, as they both are in desperate need of a proven hit man up front. The trio of Joselu, Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic just have not done enough for Rafael Benitez, while David Moyes will be hoping to see more from Javier Hernandez at the London Stadium after his arrival. The £27million release clause may be a sticking point though, as West Ham are unlikely to want to splash that sort of cash after spending big in summer, while Newcastle have never spent anywhere near that amount with owner Mike Ashley at the helm, and unless there is a takeover between now and January, that is unlikely to change.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the club are also looking at reigniting a move for a midfield powerhouse.