Newcastle United and West Ham 'keeping tabs' on defender following is Shearer and Beardsley's footsteps

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The latest transfer talk from St James Park as Newcastle United monitor a homegrown defender.

Newcastle United and West Ham United are reportedly monitoring the progress of Wallsend Boys Club product Leif Davis.

The talented left-back followed in the footsteps of the likes of Alan Shearer, Michael Carrick and Peter Beardsley when he came through the ranks at the famous youth club before going on to forge a career in the professional game.  After joining the youth setup at Morecambe, Davis joined Leeds United and earned his first senior start under Marcelo Bielsa as the Whites claimed a 3-2 win over Aston Villa in December 2018.

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A knee injury and the Covid-19 pandemic that forced a disruption on fixtures across football prevented Davis from establishing himself in the Leeds side and his first real experience of regular first-team football came with a season-long loan move to Bournemouth during the 2021/22 campaign.  The versatile defender went on to join Ipswich Town in the summer of 2022 and helped the Tractor Boys secure promotion into the Championship during his first season at Portman Road.

Davis has continued to impress during the current season as he has helped Kieran McKenna’s side challenge for a second consecutive promotion and they will head into Tuesday night’s home game with Bristol City sat in second place in the table, just three points adrift of leaders Leicester City.

Speaking about his form earlier this season, he said: “It’s still early days and it’s that bit harder in the Championship, but I’m still contributing. If I’m not scoring goals, I want to be providing assists and I’ve done that.  But the main aim always has to be winning games and putting points on the board. I’ll do anything I can to help the team continue to do that.  And remember I’m a defender, so if I’m helping to keep the opposition out, making goal-line clearances or last-ditch tackles, that’s me doing my job.”

Davis’ form has not gone unnoticed according to talkSPORT, who claim Newcastle and West Ham are ‘keeping tabs’ on the 24-year-old as both Premier League clubs look to strengthen their options on the left-hand side of their defence.

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