West Ham United are still interested in securing the services of Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, according to the Evening Standard. The Gunners talisman has fallen way down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta.
The Hammers will enter the transfer market for some firepower during the summer. Sebastien Haller was allowed to leave the club in January and a replacement wasn’t sought.
West Ham are currently fourth in the Premier League and could secure an unlikely place in next season’s Champions League. As a result, they will need to ensure their squad is well-stocked.
Arsenal are set to hand a new deal to 19-year-old striker Folarin Balogun. If that deal does come to fruition, the future looks considerably bleak for Nketiah and a departure looks inevitable.
The Gunners striker has started just three Premier League games during the 2020/21 campaign. In the summer he will have just a single year left on his current Arsenal deal.
In 61 appearances for the Gunners, he has found the net 12 times and at this stage of his career, he really needs to be playing regular football.
Plenty of other youngsters have bypassed Nketiah and he’s in grave danger of not fulfilling his potential if he continues kicking his heels on the fringes of Arteta’s squad.
TBR View: Nketiah is a risk worth taking for West Ham
The Hammers will probably target more than one new striking addition during the summer – especially if European qualification is assured.
Nketiah is the sort of player that comes alive in the penalty area and he could complement David Moyes’ squad just nicely.
The fee for the Arsenal man is unlikely to be huge and he currently earns £45,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium.
West Ham only have Michail Antonio as their senior striking options and Nketiah could provide something a bit different to Moyes’ ranks ahead of next season.