Combined Newcastle United and West Ham XI revealed as shock £55m star misses out

A look at how a combined Newcastle United x West ham line up would look ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash

Newcastle United welcome a European rival to St James' Park for a mammoth Premier League clash this weekend. David Moyes takes his West Ham United side to Tyneside knowing a win can open up a seven-point gap over the Magpies.

Should Newcastle lose, their hopes of continental competition next season begin to fade. Win, however, and Eddie Howe's men are firmly back in the mix to enjoy a stellar end to the campaign.

The Hammers snatched a late point in October's reverse fixture through Mohammed Kudus, arguably the top flight's best addition last summer. But the Ghanaian is an injury doubt for tomorrow's six-pointer.

Newcastle, unsurprisingly, must contend with fitness issues of their own - a common theme throughout the campaign. Toon supporters will be hoping a two-week lay-off for international football will result in a rejuvenated performance against West Ham.

But on paper, who has the better side when fully fit? How many Newcastle players get into West Ham's team - or vice versa?

NewcastleWorld has profiled a combined starting XI ahead of a huge Premier League contest.

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