Sources: Newman to join West Ham on 22 September after deal agreed
Rob Newman will link up with West Ham on 22nd September following his protracted arrival from Man City, Football Insider has learned.
This site broke the news on 7th July that Newman, 57, was in advanced talks with the Londoners and then updated on 13th July to reveal that the terms of a deal had been agreed.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Newman will begin his new job as head of recruitment in two weeks after being placed on gardening leave by City.
He has had to bide his time for his West Ham arrival due to the Premier League champions’ strict policy on those who leave the club.
The Londoners had wanted Newman to be able to make a significant impact in the summer window.
But chairman David Sullivan instead oversaw recruitment and transfer negotiations for what is expected to be the final time.
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West Ham completed four senior signings in Nikola Vlasic, Kurt Zouma, Alphonse Areola and Alex Kral.
The former two were signed for £25million-plus fees, while Areola and Kral joined on loan-to-buy deals that could eventually cost more than £15m apiece.
Moyes made it clear during his own contract negotiations earlier this summer that he wanted the recruitment set-up to be modernised.
The arrival of Newman, who is a fluent French and Spanish speaker and was involved in first-team recruitment at City, is a major transfer boost.
A major criticism of West Ham in recent years is co-owner Sullivan’s over-reliance on favoured agents for the club’s transfer business ahead of proven talent spotters.
Newman will join as head of recruitment in what is a similar role to Mario Husillos, who worked alongside Manuel Pellegrini before they were dismissed simultaneously in December 2019.
That paved the way for the return to the London Stadium for a second time of Moyes and the transformation of a team that finished sixth in last season’s Premier League.