Premier League duo West Ham United and Newcastle United have joined a number of clubs looking to sign Senegal international Mbaye Diagne, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

Both sides are expected to look to strengthen their stock during January, as they aim to pick up the desired number of results to push themselves up the top flight table.

West Ham are currently flooded with injuries, especially in attacking areas, and that is an part of the pitch where they need to make signings to give themselves the required amount of options for the remainder of the campaign.

Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko are both on the sidelines with long-term injuries, while Andy Carroll, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez have all spent time in the treatment room over the course of the campaign too, so  Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini will be keen to bolster his numbers.

No secret has been made by Rafael Benitez that he wants to improve his squad in the January window, as he bids to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

The Magpies have struggled in the attacking area of the pitch for a long time, and while Salomon Rondon is performing admirably this term, he is not getting much support in terms of scoring goals from those around him, so another forward would be high up on the shopping list of the Spaniard.

Diagne has bagged 20 goals in just 17 matches in the Turkish Super Lig for Kasimpasa and that has alerted West Ham and Newcastle, but the pair face a huge race if they are to secure their man.

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham are also said to be keen to sign him, while clubs from France, Spain and China are also believed to be lining up moves for the striker, who is expected to cost whoever gets him around £9 million.


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