Report: West Ham looking at Newcastle's Daryl Janmaat to solve right-back problem

Newcastle's Daryl Janmaat applauds the fans at the end of the game

The Hammers need a new right-back and it appears as though Janmaat could be their man.

Newcastle United's Daryl Janmaat looks dejected at the end

Much has been made since the start of the season of West Ham United's need for a new right-back, and according to a report from Goal they have earmarked Newcastle United man Daryl Janmaat as a potential solution to the problem.

Sam Byram, signed from Leeds United in January, is the only recognised right-sided full-back at the club, but Slaven Bilic has been playing winger Michail Antonio in the position instead.

That is a decision which has drawn criticism from some quarters, and it is clear that the Hammers need to add to their options in the position before the close of the transfer window.

West Ham's Michail Antonio looks dejected

According to Goal, the London club are keen on bringing Magpies defender Janmaat to their new London Stadium home as a solution to the problem.

Janmaat has been a fairly consistent performer for the Tyneside club despite their struggles over the last two years, and following the club's relegation he was picked out as a star who could potentially leave St. James' Park.

A move away has not come to fruition yet, but West Ham's interest is likely to be difficult to turn down for the Dutchman, who was left out of Rafael Benitez's squad for the Championship clash with Bristol City on Saturday.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic before the game

However, the report claims that the Hammers will have competition from fellow Premier League side Watford and Serie A club Napoli for the signature of the 27-year-old.

It is not though that Newcastle are in any rush to sell the player, with Rafael Benitez hoping to be able to continue to call upon him as his first-choice right-back.

Janmaat has four years remaining on his contract, and if any deal to move away does materialise he could command a relatively hefty fee as a result.

Newcastle's Daryl Janmaat applauds the fans at the end of the game

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