Report: Newcastle, Everton and West Ham eye Jean-Philippe Mateta

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Newcastle United, Everton and West Ham United all reportedly hope to sign Jean-Philippe Mateta.

Lyon's French midfielder Jean-Philippe Mateta (L) vies with Monaco's Brazilian defender Jemerson (R) during the French L1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and AS Monaco (ASM)...

According to a report from TEAMtalk, Newcastle are leading the race to sign Jean-Philippe Mateta this summer, but West Ham and Everton are also keeping a keen eye on the young striker.

Mateta is on Lyon's books, but goes into the summer off the back of a stunning season out on loan with Le Havre, where he scored 17 goals in 35 Ligue 2 games. Unsurprisingly, it appears that his form has attracted the attention of a number of clubs in England.

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TEAMtalk reports that the Magpies are in pole position to sign the 20-year-old, but West Ham, Everton and Leicester are all monitoring his situation, perhaps in the hope that they could leap ahead of Rafa Benitez's men and into the driving seat.

TEAMtalk adds that Mateta is interested in a move to England. But based on his form last season, it would perhaps be a surprise if his parent club make it easy for the Premier League quartet to bag his signature.

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Newcastle certainly need to add to their striker options after a season where their top goalscorer ended the campaign with just eight league goals, and their most prolific striker finished with just six.

Similarly, Everton's and West Ham's top league goalscorers finished with just 10 and 11 goals respectively, so they may be hoping that Mateta is the kind of striker that would make them a lot more dangerous from next season.

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