West Ham striker Dean Ashton could leave West Ham United, his London club in January, and Newcastle United are said to be interested.
Dean Ashton – Newcastle interested in West Ham striker
The Star is reporting today that St James’ Park could be a possible destination. Ashton is said to be unhappy at his lack of opportunities at Upton Park, and is reportedly mulling over a move with Manchester City, Tottenham, Newcastle, and Portsmouth all said to be interested.
Ashton was dropped for recent matches against Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, although only yesterday West Ham manager said there was not rift between him and the player. Curbishley even suggested Dean was OK with the reasons he had given him for this lack of playing time recently.
Alan Curbishley said yesterday:
“We wanted to go 4-5-1, and Carlton Cole is more suited to that.â€
“We have managed to get Dean through the first half of the season, and we have got to be careful with him.â€
Despite promising to open contract talks before Christmas with Ashton, no offer was made – and now the player is unsure whether he plays a major role in Curbishley’s future plans. The West Ham manager was without 13 players for Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal, but the highly-rated forward was still unable to get into the starting line-up. Ashton is said to be anxious to impress new England boss Fabio Capello, but has been unable to do so in the big matches because he is being left on the bench.
Dean has scored five goals in eight starts this season and is widely regarded as one of England’s brightest attacking talents â€“ but it seems that Curbishley favors Carlton Cole in a lone striking role. Dean Ashton is a good young striker, and would be well received at St. James’ Park, but we’d face a lot of competition for Ashton, who is rated around Â£10M.
What do you think?