Taking to Twitter, Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has shared news on Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah in what could be a boost for West Ham United.
The Lowdown: West Ham eyeing Nketiah…
The Gunners forward has been on West Ham and manager David Moyes’ radar since the summer window, with reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano claiming they were one of a host of clubs eyeing his signature.
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That interest has followed through into the winter months, it seems, as a report from TRANSFERmarketWEB detailed just last week.
According to the outlet’s information, West Ham are still very much in the running and made a recent inquiry, but they’re not alone with Leeds United, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach and Crystal Palace linked as well.
They claim Arsenal may end up selling him permanently in January if Nketiah doesn’t sign a new deal, which expires in 2022, and Sheth has now brought the latest on his precarious contract situation at the Emirates.
The Latest: Nketiah ‘increasingly likely’ to leave…
As per Sheth, the 22-year-old is now ‘increasingly likely’ to leave north London amid West Ham’s reported interest with talks over fresh terms so far failing.
“Talks over new contract for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah so far failed to find a resolution,” he said on Twitter.
“Increasingly likely Nketiah will not stay beyond summer. Nketiah can sign pre-contract with foreign club in January.
“He wants regular football. Arteta wants him to stay.”
The Verdict: Time to pounce?
An England Under-21 international with plenty of sell-on value and humungous potential, we believe the winter window presents West Ham an opportunity to take full advantage of these stalled new deal talks.
Arsenal will have to contemplate offloading him mid-season or risk losing him for nothing on a pre-contract, something Gunners transfer chief and technical director Edu may want to avoid.
Nketiah’s valued at around £10.8 million by Transfermarkt, an arguably affordable fee from West Ham’s perspective, and Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky’s new found investment will hopefully mean Moyes gets backing in the transfer market to finally sign a much-needed back up striker (Evening Standard).
Lauded as a ‘clinical’ forward by former teammate Charlie Gilmour (onlinegooner.com), this notion is backed by his prolific record for the Three Lions juniors.
Indeed, Nketiah’s phenomenal England U21’s record of 16 goals in just 17 caps more than highlights the fact he knows where to find the net.
Homegrown, and with Arsenal in a fairly weak negotiating position given the player’s contract situation, West Ham could seal a shrewd alternative to Michail Antonio with a winter swoop.
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