Newcastle United ‘set to sign’ 21-year-old defender from Premier League rivals

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A West Ham breakthrough prospect is reportedly set to join Newcastle United soon, having turned down multiple contract offers from the Hammers.

Harrison Ashby could be set to join Newcastle United on a permanent basis, according to reports.

The Magpies attempted to sign the 21-year-old last summer but a move didn’t materialise. But as January approaches, Ashby looks set to leave the London Stadium after entering the remaining six months of his contract,

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The young right-back wants a first-team wage, which the Hammers are unwilling to give him. Ashby has reportedly turned down multiple contract offers from West Ham.

While he wants a senior wage, the Hammers’ hierarchy don’t believe he has done enough to earn it yet.

Currently, Ashby has made just a single appearance for West Ham in the Premier League, with another coming in the League Cup. In 2022/23, he has not featured in West Ham’s first team at all.

On the West Ham Way Podcast, ExWHUemployee, a West Ham ‘insider’ said: “Ashby looks set to join Newcastle. He’s turned down multiple contract offers.

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“They believe they should be earning a first-team equivalent wage rather than an academy wage and clubs like Newcastle are prepared to offer this. It does look like Ashby is set to go unless he makes a last-minute change of mind although I believe that’s very unlikely.”

Kieran Trippier and Javier Manquillo are Newcastle’s only fit right-backs after Emil Krafth picked up an ACL in August.

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