A response to Newcastle United’s bid for ‘profilic star forward’ and PL star James Maddison makes Spurs look silly and gives West Ham boss David Moyes great hope over Harvey Barnes.
West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for flying attacker Harvey Barnes following his relegation with Leicester City.
But reported interest from both Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur had looked to be a real problem for the Hammers.
Last week it was claimed by journalist Matt Law that West Ham were leading the race for £40m rated Barnes, with Newcastle and Spurs also circling.
Then The Guardian stated West Ham boss David Moyes wants to wrap up a deal to sign the 25-year-old England international as soon as possible.
Particularly given the interest from bitter rivals Tottenham and Eddie Howe’s Champions League Magpies.
Both Newcastle and Spurs have also been locked in a two-way battle to sign Barnes’ Leicester teammate James Maddison.
Tottenham made their move last week when they submitted a £50m joint bid to sign both players in Ange Postecoglou’s first act as manager.
The bid, reported by The Daily Mail, was met with incredulity in football circles given Leicester value Barnes and Maddison at between £30-50m EACH.
Now a response to a Newcastle bid for PL star Maddison makes Spurs look silly and gives West Ham boss Moyes great hope over Barnes.
Spurs lose face after laughable joint bid and Newcastle only want Maddison to clear path for West Ham over Barnes
It emerged overnight that Howe made a move for Maddison and Leicester have told Newcastle they want £55m for the midfielder.
Leicester’s response makes Tottenham’s ludicrous £50m joint bid for Maddison and Barnes look laughable. And West Ham will be hugely encouraged because there was no mention of Barnes in any deal between the Foxes and Magpies.
As a result of their more realistic negotiations and stance, The Express and Sky Sports claim Newcastle are frontrunners ahead of Spurs for Maddison.
The move also disproves speculation Newcastle also want Barnes, which will be a big relief to the Hammers.
And with Tottenham absolutely miles apart in their valuation of Barnes, it clears the path for West Ham to have a run at the wing wizard.
Situation backs up Telegraph claims that West Ham lead race for winger
There was also an exciting development for Moyes over the weekend when it emerged that Leicester have made their move for Barnes’ replacement ahead of his impending sale.
With Newcastle only interested in Maddison – and negotiating at a much more realistic price than Spurs – and Tottenham putting Leicester’s nose out of joint with their derisory joint bid, it gives credence to The Telegraph’s claims that West Ham are in the box seat for Barnes.
Newcastle will play Champions League football next season while European champions West Ham will compete in the Europa League.
But Spurs have no European football to offer prospective signings.