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West Ham should use Felipe Anderson in bid for Arsenal star

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West Ham should use Felipe Anderson in bid for Arsenal star

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah appears to be one West Ham target heading into this summer, with the London Evening Standard suggesting that David Moyes has continued to track the youngster after failing to land him in January.

West Ham certainly need to sign a new goalscorer this summer. And Nketiah is apparently on the club’s wishlist.

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It has been a difficult season for Nketiah. His stoppage-time equaliser against Fulham was only his second Premier League goal of the campaign.

And with Folarin Balogun reportedly signing a new contract at the Emirates, Nketiah faces an uncertain future with the Gunners.

Arsenal may be open to offers for the 21-year-old. But given his potential, they may well set their sights on a significant fee for Nketiah.

West Ham may be reluctant to meet any lofty demands. But if they are determined to bring him to the London Stadium, they should consider trying to engineer some sort of swap deal involving a player Mikel Arteta wanted last summer.

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The Telegraph reported last August that Arsenal had shown interest in loaning Felipe Anderson. However, West Ham were not willing, at that stage, to loan the Brazilian out.

Of course, it now looks unlikely that Anderson will play for the Hammers again. He did eventually leave on loan. However, his year at Porto has not gone to plan by any means.

 

It would be good for West Ham to offload the 28-year-old permanently this summer. He is on £85,000-a-week, according to Spotrac.

So they should certainly ask if Arsenal would be interested in including him in any talks for Nketiah.

Admittedly, most Gunners fans are unlikely to want Anderson. And Arsenal are surely likely to say no if offered a swap.

But Anderson hardly went into last summer off the back of an impressive campaign either, so perhaps there is an outside chance that Edu and Arteta may be open to the idea this time around also.

If West Ham want to open talks over Nketiah, they should at least ask whether there is scope for Anderson to move in the other direction.

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