Nathan Ake and Jesse Lingard ‘keen on West Ham moves and would snub Newcastle’

Nathan Ake and Jesse Lingard are both keen on moving to West Ham and would turn down Newcastle to make a deal happen, according to reports.

The Hammers are riding the crest of a wave at the moment and are keen to build on that momentum when the transfer window reopens.

That means making sure the squad is fully prepared for the second half of the campaign and the demands an extended run in the Europa League and a Premier League top-four tilt might bring.

The east Londoners have secured their place in the last-16 of Europe's second-tier competition, while they're ahead of Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal in the race for the final Champions League spot.

So far, so good, but squad depth is of serious concern at the London Stadium.

Angelo Ogbonna, Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell are already unavailable, and manager David Moyes can ill-afford any more issues.

Those injuries mean there is increased pressure to sign a centre half in January, even though there is a sense that short term the club can survive.

Ake is one potential option according to Eurosport, with the out-of-favour Dutchman thought to be keen on a deal if City show they are willing to make a deal happen.

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The 26-year-old moved to the Etihad from Bournemouth in 2020 for a fee of around £41million but has made just 22 appearances in all competitions since the switch.

Newcastle are keen to get him back together with his old boss Eddie Howe but given the choice between a relegation dogfight and a Champions League battle, it's seen as an easy decision.

It's a similar situation for Lingard. He was enthused about the prospect of a fresh start at United following the arrival of Ralf Rangnick, but not much seems to have changed.

According to Eurosport, insiders at the London Stadium are led to believe a move for the England international could be back on and they want to open discussions as soon as the window reopens.

Lingard enjoyed a highly successful loan spell with the east London club at the end of last season, scoring nine goals in 16 games and forcing his way into England's provision squad for the Euros.

Both players are seen having the right personalities to fit in well with the Hammers' squad, and their arrivals could convince the likes of Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen of the club's long-term ambition.

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