Newcastle could beat West Ham to bid for €10m France winger

Mathieu Valbuena has been linked with a move to West Ham United but with his agent keeping quiet on any deal, Newcastle could rekindle their interest.

West Ham United could yet face competition in their pursuit of Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena with Newcastle previously linked with a move for the France star.

The 29-year-old announced his intentions to leave L’OM at the end of last season, with a move to the Premier League one potential option.

West Ham United have emerged as the early front-runners to capture the player, who has starred for Les Bleus at the World Cup in Brazil.

But they could face competition from Newcastle United, who were previously linked with a move for the player last summer, only for Valbuena to opt against a Marseille departure.

Now that the situation has changed, however, a St James’ Park switch could tempt the tricky winger, with the transfer offering Valbuena the chance to link up with fellow international stars like Moussa Sissoko.

Currently valued at around €10 million, the player’s agent Jean-Pierre Bernes has remained tight-lipped on his potential destination.

"Today, nothing is decided. There is currently no specific destination, but there are contacts with various clubs in various European championships,” he said this week.

Newcastle and West Ham will most likely have to wait until the conclusion of France’s participation in this summer’s World Cup to get a clearer idea of where Valbuena sees his future.

In the meantime, both clubs have wrapped up significant transfer deals in the last couple of days with Siem de Jong moving to the Magpies on a six-year deal while the Hammers have recruited full-back Aaron Cresswell from Ipswich Town for a fee in the region of £2 million.

Newcastle have also recruited Jack Colback on a free transfer from Sunderland, with the former Blackcats star previously rumoured to be on a the radar of West Ham United.

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