Arsenal midfielder emerges as West Ham target

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Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky could reportedly become a West Ham player next season if he fails to secure a new contract with the Premier League leaders beyond the summer transfer window.

Rosicky's current deal expires at the end of the campaign and, according to the East London and West Essex Guardian, the situation of the Czech Republic international is being monitored by the Hammers.

It remains unclear if Arsenal will offer Rosicky the opportunity to extend his stay with the club beyond 2013-14, although the 33-year-old could reportedly automatically trigger a new deal if he makes a specific number of appearances.

It is claimed that Rosicky will earn an extension if he plays 25 times for the Gunners in all competitions before the season ends, which would appear reasonably likely provided injury does not strike again.

There, of course, remains the possibility that Rosicky will be unable to reach this target, and West Ham will surely be among several clubs keep tabs on any potential contract negotiations with Arsenal.

As proven so far this term, Rosicky still has plenty to offer the Gunners both domestically and in Europe, and West Ham may find it difficult to convince him to drop out of the Champions League.

There will, however, be the appeal of Rosicky being able to stay in London were he to move to Upton Park, having spent seven years in the capital since joining Arsenal.

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