Report suggests West Ham have scuppered Newcastle's Stefano Sturaro hopes

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez on the touch line during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park on March 10, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Newcastle United and West Ham United are both reportedly keen on signing Italian international Stefano Sturaro from Serie A giants Juventus.

Stefano Sturaro of FC Juventus looks on during the TIM Cup match between FC Juventus and Atalanta BC at Juventus Stadium on January 11, 2017 in Turin, Italy.

After being linked with Stefano Sturaro for over a year, Newcastle United are still keen on bringing the Juventus midfielder to St James’ Park.

Tuttomercatoweb even reported recently that the Magpies had made an £11.4 million bid for the Italian international, whose modern blend of both work-rate and creativity would make him an excellent addition to Newcastle’s already impressive central midfield.

But it seems that Newcastle, once again, could be left disappointed in their pursuit of a top target.

Stefano Sturaro of Juventus looks on during the UEFA Champions League match between Sevilla FC and Juventus at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 22, 2016 in Seville, Spain.

Tuttosport reported last week that West Ham United had moved into pole position after meeting Juventus’s asking price, understood to be £17.5 million, for a player who recently celebrated a fourth straight Serie A title.

And, according to the Chronicle, West Ham might just have blown Newcastle out the water.

It is understood that Newcastle would be unlikely to afford Sturaro at a fee of £17.5 million, so may be forced to look elsewhere for potential midfield additions as Mikel Merino heads for the exit.

Gianluigi Buffon (L) and Stefano Sturaro of Juventus FC celebrate with the trophy after the beating FC Crotone 3-0 to win the Serie A Championships at the end of the Serie A match between...

Missing out on Sturaro will be a blow for Rafa Benitez, who is allegedly a big admirer of the versatile midfielder. But it seems that, once again, finances will stand in the Spaniard’s way of bringing a real talent to Tyneside.

And a hefty dose of salt will be applied to the wounds if Sturaro starts next season as a West Ham player.

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