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St James’ Park side eye up Upton Park and St Mary’s talent.
Newcastle have emerged as leading contenders for West Ham midfielder Momo Diame should he leave in January.
The 25-year-old has a release clause of £3.5million.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
MATT LE TISSIER last night slated Newcastle’s £5million interest in Adam Lallana as “derisory”.
Toon boss Alan Pardew is being linked with a January swoop for the highly-rated Southampton skipper.
But Saints legend Le Tissier insists his old club would never let star man Lallana, 24, go so cheaply.
SOURCE: The Sun
It was always going to be tough to replicate the form of last term but Alan Pardew will not have expected the current campaign to be as tough as it has thus far. Indeed the club’s involvement in the Europa League, the reward for last term’s fifth place finish, may well be partially responsible to the Magpies lacklustre league form.
The St James’ Park boss is looking to strengthen his Newcastle United squad and judging by the two targets above it seems Pardew will not have a great deal of funds available to do the job.
However both the players named are very capable of making a real impact at the North-East club though Newcastle United’s up and down season may well make such moves all that more difficult to secure.
Interest in Diame would see Newcastle United once again raid West Ham to pick up a player with an advantageous release clause, as with Demba Ba 18 months ago. Pardew possibly sees the Hammers man as a player who can fight Cheick Tiote for the enforcer role in the club’s midfield and with the Ivory Coast man due to take part in the African Nations Cup perhaps the former Wigan man is seen as a short-term replacement to boot.
Adam Lallana is a player who has shown a great deal of promise for a number of years and the manner in which the former England Under 21 international has taken to life in the Premier League has unsurprisingly led to a great deal of interest.
The Southampton captain is now into his seventh season at the South Coast side and was key to the club’s back to back promotions and after over 200 appearances for the Saints it’s possible that the St Albans born midfielder would consider possible alternatives he felt such a move would enhance his career progression.
Pardew knows Lallana well from his time in charge of the club but he may find that £5m is not an offer that would tempt boss Nigel Adkins into selling his skipper, especially as the talented playmaker is tied down to a long term contract.
Lallana has represented Southampton since the age of 12 but may be more likely to be enticed into a move to reunited with Pardew if his side continue to be struggling at the wrong end of the table.
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