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Fabrizio Romano says Arsenal player offered new deal, but West Ham and Palace want to sign him

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has backed up claims made by The Athletic earlier this month that Arsenal have offered Eddie Nketiah a new contract. The Englishman’s current deal expires this summer – but the Gunners may find it difficult to keep him, with four clubs interested.

Nketiah, 22, is one of a number of London-born stars that has come through the Arsenal ranks and into first team of late. Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith-Rowe, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka are other examples. But after an early breakthrough, Nketiah’s form has fallen by the wayside somewhat.

It has been tricky for the England Under-21 skipper. Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have often been given preference in a position that Mikel Arteta only uses one of. Romano says he could sign a new deal, but Palace, West Ham, Watford and Leverkusen all want him.

What kind of price can Arsenal get for Nketiah – and is West Ham his best option after Romano claim?

As an ambitious striker. Nketiah will want to remain at a club that are fighting for European football. West Ham qualified for the Europa League and he would certainly get game time with Michail Antonio struggling to stay fit for an entire season. A good move for Nketiah.

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But Watford would probably see him first choice, as would Palace – with Christian Benteke largely inconsistent. Leverkusen give faith to their younger players but Patrik Schick – who scored twice on Monday at Euro 2020 – is first choice, while Lucas Alario is a solid option. West Ham is his best move, and a fee of £20million could get a deal done.

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