West Ham closing in on £17m transfer for left-back Borna Sosa but Newcastle hope to hijack deal for ‘assist machine’

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WEST HAM are reportedly closing in on a move for Stuttgart star Borna Sosa.

The Hammers are keen on the Croatian left-back with Filip Kostic seemingly poised to join Juventus.

And now Sosa is on the verge of a £17million move to East London, according to Croatian outlet Index.

But David Moyes’ side are set to face late competition for a player who has been dubbed the “assist machine”.

Newcastle are also claimed to be interested in his signature.

West Ham though are currently in pole position to capture the six-cap Croatia international.

Sosa‘s agents are alleged to have been in the capital for the past two days to try and strike an agreement with the Hammers.

But Toon have now joined the race, with suggestions they would be willing to pay the reported £17m offered by West Ham.

That’s despite Eddie Howe already adding to his left-back ranks this summer with the permanent arrival of Matt Targett.

David Moyes has strengthened on the left with the £17.5m signing of Maxwel Cornet – but Sosa is more of an out-and-out left-back.

Even still the 24-year-old is more than capable going forward.

Newcastle United reinforced their left-back position this summer with the permanent signing of Matt Targett, who impressed on loan at St James’ Park in the second half of the last season. However, they are in the market for another player in the position as Jamal Lewis has not been favoured by manager Eddie Howe, with Sosa reportedly emerging as one of their targets.

However, as per the report, it is West Ham United who are leading the chase to sign Borna Sosa from VfB Stuttgart. The Hammers are also looking to strengthen their options in the left-back slot after letting Arthur Masuaku leave the club this summer. Aaron Cresswell did not enjoy the best of seasons last time out, which is why David Moyes has been keen on bringing in another player in the position.

Sosa has registered 23 assists in 83 games for Stuttgart since arriving from Dinamo Zagreb in 2018.

His form saw him earn a first call up to the Croatia senior side in September last year.

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