By Joe Ellis

29th Aug, 2022 | 11:10am

West Ham United can rob Newcastle United of £2.5m in Harrison Ashby transfer

West Ham United are well stocked in the right-back department and that could lead to the sale of homegrown defender Harrison Ashby.

The 20-year-old has made just one Premier League appearance over three seasons as a professional for the Irons with three of his six total games coming in the Carabao Cup.

But that hasn’t stopped moneybags Newcastle United from looking to sign the Milton Keynes-born Scottish Under-21 international and the Magpies would be looking to seal a deal worth £2.5million, according to the Daily Mail [27 August].

Earlier this summer, ExWHUEmployee reported that the Hammers could be willing to let him leave n loan with Vladimir Coufal and Ben Johnson having the right-back spot on lockdown [West Ham Way podcast, 4 July].

West Ham might not fancy selling him permanently right now but if the Toon are willing to part with £2.5million to sign someone who has only ever played one league game in his life then it would be strange to not accept that offer.

It won’t be the biggest transfer fee but David Moyes would probably not even realise if Ashby were to be sold given how little he has been used so far in his career.

As long as Coufal and Johnson manage to stay fit for the majority of the season, Ashby will not get any kind of look in outside of the League Cup and Europa Conference League dead rubber games which has been his bread and butter so far.

Even if one does go down with something, there will be another right-back at the club who can step onto the bench and be there if required but Aaron Cresswell could just as easily move to the other side with Emerson Palmieri now signed.

Michail Antonio could even revert back to the position he played earlier in his career although that should only be as a last resort.