​West Ham United are planning a January move for Newcastle United right back Javi Manquillo but will face competition from Crystal Palace and Brighton, according to a report.


The Spaniard's contract expires at the end of this season, meaning that he could be available on a free in the summer if Newcastle don't sell before.


It is understood that the Hammers are very interested in the 25-year-old, who is viewed as a long term replacement for Pablo Zabaleta.

Pablo Zabaleta,Allan Saint-Maximin

However, according to ​Telegraph Sport they will face stiff competition from both ​Brighton and ​Crystal Palace for Manquillo's signature.


Right back is a position ​West Ham have struggled in since their return to Premier League, with Carl Jenkinson, Ryan Fredricks and Guy Demel all failing to make the grade in the recent past.


It has also been a problem position for Palace, who have not replaced Aaron Wan-Bissaka after his summer move to ​Manchester United, while Brighton have had to field Steven Alzate out of position at times this season.


After starting the season at right back for Steve Bruce's side Manquillo did not feature for six matches before returning for the draw against Manchester City.

Javier Manquillo,Steven Alzate

He provided an assist for Alain Saint-Maximin's goal in the next game against Sheffield United and has gone on to play every minute in the right wing back slot since. 


He has appeared a total of 53 times for the Magpies after joining in 2017 from ​Atletico Madrid following loan spells at ​Liverpool, Marseille and local rivals Sunderland.


He is viewed as a cheap fix for West Ham who have struggled defensively all season, conceding three goals in three consecutive matches back November.


This was largely thought to be due to the poor form of number two goalkeeper Roberto after Lukasz Fabianski's injury, and things have looked more assured for the Hammers at the back since David Martin was put in between the sticks.