Newcastle United target set for medical ahead of £17.5m transfer

Have the Magpies endured further frustration in the transfer market as one reported target heads to a Premier League rival?

West Ham United are set to complete a move for reported Newcastle United transfer target Maxwel Cornet over the coming days.

The Burnley winger was said to be one option under consideration by the Magpies hierachy as they look to strengthen Eddie Howe’s attacking options ahead of the new Premier League season.

Cornet - a former team-mate of current Magpies star Bruno Guimaraes - joined the Clarets in a £13.5million move from Lyon last summer and was a rare highlight in a dismal campaign for the Turf Moor club.

The 25-year-old forward scored nine goals and provided two assists in 28 appearances in all competitions but was unable to prevent the club suffering relegation into the Championship.

It now looks as if Cornet’s goal in their 2-1 defeat against Newcastle on the final day of last season will be his last for the Clarets as he moved closer to an immediate return to the Premier League.

Nottingham Forest and Everton were also linked with the winger but West Ham looked to have stolen a march on their rivals for Cornet after entering into talks over a loan deal with Burnley.

Sky Sports News have now reported a permanent deal has been agreed been agreed between the two clubs after The Hammers have triggered a £17.5million release clause in Cornet’s contract and the Ivory Coast international is now travelling to London to undergo a medical.