West Ham in hunt to sign £60,000-a-week Newcastle player - reports
West Ham are in the hunt to sign Newcastle United forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, according to a report.
The London Evening Standard claims that Hammers manager David Moyes was present at Craven Cottage to watch Fulham beat Leeds United 2-0 on Tuesday night to watch over Tom Cairney.
It is understood that Ryan Fredericks and Magpies loanee Mitrovic were also being monitored by Moyes as he begins to prepare for the summer transfer window.
Mitrovic has been in stunning form since moving to Fulham on loan in January, scoring eight goals in 11 appearances as the Cottagers have forced themselves into the promotion reckoning.
The Chronicle has reported that anything above £15million would be enough to tempt Rafa Benitez into cashing in on Mitrovic.
As well as the fee, it would take a lot of strain off the wage bill as the Daily Star has previously said that the Serbia international currently earns £60,000-a-week on his deal at St James’ Park.
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Mitrovic’s form at Fulham has proved that the Serbia international does have a great amount of goalscoring potential. He did not show it at St James’ Park last season when the Magpies won the league but he has wasted absolutely no time in proving how clinical he can be at Fulham. Benitez did give him chances but working alongside Slavisa Jokanovic has clearly helped revive his career. If Fulham go up, they will surely be favourites to sign Mitrovic permanently but the ex-Anderlecht forward would also be a top signing for West Ham, who really need a new striker or two in the summer.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers are expected to announce a deal for this goalkeeper in the coming weeks.