Report: Mohamed Elneny targeted by West Ham
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has emerged as a potential transfer target for West Ham United, which could cost the Hammers up to €10m (£9m), according to a report from Ahly News.
The report claims that West Ham see Elneny as a potential replacement for Pedro Obiang, who is said to be nearing a move to Serie A.
It also suggests that the Gunners could look for a higher offer for the Egyptian, by negotiating a deal which would see Elneny take a pay cut, with the player currently on a salary of around £50,000 a week.
Ahly News suggest further that Arsenal would be seeking a sizeable offer in order to commit added funds to their pursuit of Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, following their £40m bid for the winger earlier this month.
Elneny has failed to break into the first-team on a consistent basis at Arsenal, with the midfielder featuring only 17 times for the Gunners last season, registering just one assist in that time.
Having made 32 appearances in the season before, it looks as if the midfielder does not have a long-term future under Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium.
And with the club said to only have around £40m to spend this summer, the Gunners could be in need of further funds from player sales with their reported €40m deal for William Saliba close to completion and talks continuing following a £25m bid for Celtic’s Kieran Tierney – added to the previous sole arrival of Gabriel Martinelli in early July.
So Elneny may be a prime candidate to be shown the exit door as part of the latest phase of Emery’s Arsenal rebuild – which has seen the Spaniard integrate youngsters Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock into the first team to some early pre-season success.
With the latter scoring in the Gunners’ recent victory over Fiorentina, it looks like Emery could even have a ready-made replacement in central midfield for Elneny, which would possibly allow the Spaniard to focus on using his potential sale to secure targets in other positions.
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