West Ham target Eddie Nketiah is still to agree a new deal with Arsenal, according to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The Athletic reported last week that Arsenal had presented young striker Nketiah with a contract offer.
He has only 12 months left on his contract, and the Gunners are looking to ‘protect their investment and grant themselves some flexibility’.
The England Under-21 international made 17 Premier League appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side last season, but only four of those were starts.
He scored two top-flight goals, adding another three to his tally in the Europa League and one in the League Cup.
Romano tweeted that ‘there’s still nothing agreed’ between the 22-year-old and the North London outfit.
West Ham are among the clubs named as ‘interested’ parties, and may be taking encouragement from the delays.
Newly-promoted Watford and managerless Crystal Palace are also potential suitors, while Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen have apparently been pushing for a permanent deal for ‘months’.
Football Insider report that West Ham are after another striker to provide both cover and competition for Michail Antonio, and Nketiah may be adjudged to fit that bill.
The Hammers were targeting RB Salzburg’s Patson Daka, but the player has apparently rejected their overtures.
Nketiah is admittedly a somewhat underwhelming alternative, but West Ham fans may have to lower their expectations – the most prolific strikers may be reluctant to join if Antonio is to remain the primary no.9, meaning a young player who is happy to play second fiddle while they hone their craft is perhaps the Irons’ best bet right now.
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