Team news: Kouyate's back and Ayew starts

Cheikhou Kouyate

Cheikhou Kouyate returns from injury to take his place in the Hammers' starting line-up for this afternoon's Premier League clash with Newcastle United.

The Senegal international has missed the last three league contests with a hamstring problem. He replaces Mark Noble, who misses out with a hamstring injury of his own.

Andre Ayew also returns to the starting XI, replacing Manuel Lanzini who serves the second game of a two-game ban.

Winston Reid starts in a three-man defence alongside Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell, with Michail Antonio deployed as a striker.

West Ham United: Adrian, Zabaleta, Reid (c), Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Kouyate, Obiang, Ayew, Arnautovic, Antonio

Substitutes: Hart, Collins, Rice, Quina, Carroll, Sakho, Chicharito

Newcastle United: Elliot, Clark, Lascelles (c), Gayle, Diame, Ritchie, Manquillo, Joselu, Yedlin, Salvet, Atsu

Substitutes: Darlow, Dummett, Murphy, Aarons, Perez, Mbemba, Haidara

Referee: Lee Mason