Three reasons West Ham must hijack Newcastle’s bid to sign Luke Shaw

According to reports in the Chronicle Live, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez will have been alerted to the news that Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, who is reportedly earning £80,000-a-week, is unhappy with life at Old Trafford after an interesting weekend.

The 22-year-old made a rare start at left-back against Brighton and Hove Albion in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with Ashley Young often preferred there in recent weeks, but he was taken off at half-time by manager Jose Mourinho with the Portuguese boss publicly criticising him post-match.

Now, the England international could be looking for a way out this summer following the latest incident, with the Magpies one of the clubs that were interested in taking him on loan during the January transfer window, before Mourinho opted to keep Shaw.

Benitez would likely see a long-term future for him at St James’ Park with Paul Dummett a solid but unspectacular full-back for them right now, but they certainly won’t be the only Premier League club taking a look.

Meanwhile, West Ham United manager David Moyes will also be starting to plan for the future if the Irons secure their top flight status for another year – even if the fans are starting to lose patience with him – and he may well target his defence as a priority given they have conceded 57 goals in 30 league matches this term – only 19th-placed Stoke City have let in more.

In that regard, bringing Shaw to the London Stadium could prove to be a shrewd move as the Hammers look to push on next season if they avoid relegation to the Championship.

Here are three reasons West Ham must hijack Newcastle’s bid to sign the 22-year-old…