Newcastle United & West Ham Battle to Sign Ajax Attacker

St James’ Park and Upton Park sides ready to take advantage of youngster’s uncertain future at Eredivisie giants.

Newcastle and West Ham target Miralem Sulejmani will leave Ajax in January.

The winger, who can also play as a forward, has long been linked with a move to England and his next stop could be the Premier League.

Ajax will sell the Serbian in the transfer window as he has fallen out of favour at the club.

A contract dispute and a succession of injuries has led to Sulejmani’s unrest and he has made just five sub appearances for Ajax this season.

And now the 23-year-old, who was heavily linked with a switch to Upton Park in the summer, says he is leaving the Amsterdam club.

“I must now focus on games in the reserves,” Sulejmani told Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti.

“I have to get game time in order to be fully fit during the winter, when I will get a chance to leave.”


It seems clear that Miralem Sulejmani has ran out of patience with his situation at Ajax and is pushing for an exit that West Ham and Newcastle United are both willing and ready to take advantage of. Having been a key member of the Amsterdam club’s back to back Eredivisie title sides the 23 year old is clearly upset with the way in which he has been treated by his Dutch employers.

This in turn has led to a drop in form and being left out of Frank de Boer’s first team set-up, this despite the fact that Sulejmani netted 25 goals in the past two seasons. Indeed the former Heerenveen man is yet to start a league game this term and seems certain to leave.

The adaptable attacker is sure to have a number of interested parties chasing for his signature and both Newcastle United and West Ham could greatly benefit from the situation by nabbing the Serbian international for a reduced fee.

The Belgrade forward can play in a wide attacking role or as an orthodox striker and it’s perhaps in this role that Alan Pardew may be looking Sulejmani to fill as fears over Demba Ba’s future continue.

Sam Allardyce could also do with an added goal-scoring option as despite the East London side’s impressive start to their return to the top tier the Upton Park side has netted just 16 goals in 13 Premier League matches this season and have had to rely heavily on goals from the midfield, especially from skipper Kevin Nolan.

Andy Carroll has only just scored his first goal for the club so a new forward could be just the ticket for the Hammers boss.

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