The Toon Army and The Hammers faithful in the Transfer Tavern are hoping for new signings in January to improve their sides attacking potency this season.
The opening to the new Premier League campaign has been rather disastrous for West Ham, whilst Newcastle will be content with their endeavours so far. Despite the contrasting moods, both sides have struggled for goals in their opening 11 matches and will be hoping to see a vast improvement in their goal-scoring records after the international break.
Both clubs will be pleased to see their sides linked with a move for Villarreal’s talisman Cedric Bakambu in a report from Spanish media outlet Marca earlier this week. The story adheres to the opinion that Bakambu should have his sights set on a bigger Premier League club if he wishes to swap Spain for England in the future.
However, in the light of Ashley’s announcement which confirmed he has put the club up for sale, Bakambu has plenty of reason to be hopeful for positive development at the club – a factor that may influence his decision further down the line.
Thus far, the favourite to succeed Ashley as the owner of Newcastle United appears to be Amanda Staveley, a candidate whose background suggests the club would receive plenty of investment into improving the first-team squad following her arrival.
On the other hand, West Ham are enduring a period of instability and uncertainty despite having a solid set of players at their disposal this season. Although David Moyes’ squad is superior to Rafa Benitez’s current crop at the moment, they still remain behind Newcastle in the League and there is no guarantee that Moyes’ impact will change that.
With Rafa Benitez in charge and significant investment looking increasingly likely in the near-future at Newcastle, Bakambu should opt for a move to Tyneside over East-London, if he is handed the choice of moving to both clubs during the January window.