Newcastle United and West Ham United ‘interested’ in Germany defender hailed as ‘best in the Bundesliga’

The left-back has attracted significant interest following some impressive displays for club and country.
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Newcastle United and West Ham United are preparing to move for Germany international defender David Raum.

The 24-year-old left-back has shone for Hoffenheim since joining Die Kraichgauer from Greuther Furth last summer has gone on to earn nine senior international caps over the last 16 months.

Raum started that last three of Germany’s Nations League fixtures, including the 1-1 draw against England at the Allianz Arena in June.

His form has not only impressed Hoffenheim coaches and supporters, but also those in opposition throughout last season.

Raum was lauded by Cologne coach Even Baumgart following an impressive display in a 1-0 win against his side.

He said: “His crosses then also come to the point.

“I think he is now the best player we have in the Bundesliga. He has great speed forward and is always well released.”

Raum has been the subject of reported interest from the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion in recent months and Borussia Dortmund are said to be keen to offer him a chance to remain in the Bundesliga next season.

However, German outlet Kicker have reported interest from Newcastle and West Ham over the last 48 hours.

The report suggests the Magpies have their ‘hands tied’ as they contend with Financial Fair Play constraints and could struggle to meet Hoffenheim’s £34million valuation of their prized asset.

West Ham are also named as a possible destination for Raum - but are described as lacking the ‘necessary radiance and attraction’ to persuade the 24-year-old left-back to test his undoubted ability in the Premier League.

Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen has already given an indication of the club’s view of Raum’s future, telling Sky Sports Germany: “I would prefer to keep him.

“At the end of the day, it depends on what the market looks like and what chance the player has.

"If a top club comes and he gets the opportunity, then, of course, we will sit down with him. In the end, it's always about an exchange based on trust.”