French website Le10Sport have claimed that Newcastle United are interested in signing Chelsea outcast Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer – but face competition from West Ham United and Watford for the French ace.

Bakayoko, 25, has been on loan at former club Monaco this season after struggling to get a game at Chelsea. Despite 43 appearances in his first season at Chelsea, he has since been loaned to Milan and then Monaco.

Another summer of doubt is approaching with Bakayoko seemingly surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. The latest report claims Newcastle and Watford have joined West Ham in the race for the France international.

AC Milan, Bakayoko’s former loan side, and Patrick Vieira’s Nice are also interested in the midfielder – who has two years left on his £110,000-a-week (Spotrac) contract. Whether a takeover is needed, remains to be seen.