The London Evening Standard reported during the January transfer window that West Ham United were interested in signing Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah following Sebastien Haller’s departure.
It was not made clear whether the Hammers were eyeing a loan or permanent deal. But in many ways, it seemed like it could be a move that may work out for all parties.
West Ham would bolster their attacking ranks with an exciting young forward with plenty of time to develop further.
Nketiah meanwhile, would find himself in a much better situation in his quest to secure regular game-time in the Premier League.
And if Arsenal loaned him out, they would also potentially benefit from that game-time in the long run. A permanent departure may have also appealed with his contract now into its final 18 months.
Of course, the window closed without a move taking place. And perhaps it may be fair to say that there may already be a little disappointment for both West Ham and Nketiah that he did not join David Moyes’s men.
Nketiah has not started a Premier League game in almost two months. And he has not been named in either of Mikel Arteta’s last two match day squads.
It appears that it could be a frustrating few months for the £45,000-a-week 21-year-old.
Meanwhile, West Ham appear to have taken a big gamble. Despite being linked with a host of forwards, including Nketiah, no new strikers arrived.
Moyes’ gamble may have already backfired
That has left Michail Antonio shouldering the large majority of the attacking burden over the coming months. And given his injury record, that is definitely a risk.
It appears that that risk may have already come back to haunt West Ham. Moyes confirmed that there is a concern about whether Antonio will be available for Monday after missing their FA Cup defeat on Tuesday (via Football London).
Even if Antonio does make it, the concern brings Moyes’s decision to not sign a striker under the microscope.
And while some West Ham fans may not have been enamoured with the links with Nketiah, perhaps it could be argued that it was a move that all sides could have really benefitted from.