By Noel Whelan

10th Jul, 2021 | 9:42am

West Ham backed to seal 'great signing' as talks advance over Newman arrival - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed the appointment of Paul Newman as director of football would be a “great signing” for West Ham.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the current Manchester City man could unearth some gems for the Irons.

As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday (July 7th), West Ham are in advanced talks to appoint Newman as their new director of football.

The 57-year-old is currently City’s international scouting and recruitment manager, a post he has held since 2008.

It is understood David Moyes has given the prospective appointment his approval and a deal is close.

Whelan suggested Newman would face the prospect of signing younger, more affordable players at West Ham.

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He claimed the prospective new hire’s contacts and knowledge could prove invaluable to the Irons.

“I think it’s probably more under-23s, younger players, up-and-coming, scouting those,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“Recruitment is one thing. They’ve not the money to recruit like Manchester City have. Let’s get that straight.

“What he has got is contacts, he’s got experience and he’s got an eye for players. Players we’ve seen at Man City that have developed into good players. They’ve either broke into the City squad or sold for lots of money.

“West Ham, I think that would be a great signing, a very important signing in my opinion. These are sort of people that you know can tap into areas that are unsourced.

“They find players that can break through and hold down first-team spots at West Ham.

That’s no disrespect but they don’t have the money like Man City have to go out and buy £100million players.

“They will need young players that come in, that are recruited by this man, to be fighting for the first team in two years.”

In other news, West Ham have opened talks to sign 25-year-old and are confident a deal can be done.