West Ham 'still interested' in £9m PL forward

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Journalist Paul Brown has claimed that West Ham are still keen on signing Eddie Nketiah when the transfer window reopens.

Nketiah has struggled for first-team opportunities at Arsenal this term, and could be set to leave the Gunners at the end of the season.

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The 22-year-old has made six Premier League appearances in 2021/22, but he is yet to start a game for Mikel Arteta’s men.

He is out of contract in June, and he opted to turn down the offer of a contract extension from Arsenal back in December.

His future appears to lie away from the Emirates, and he has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace, Newcastle and West Ham in recent months.

Arsenal did manage to hang onto him in January, but he could depart the club as a free agent in the summer.

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What has Brown said about Nketiah?

The January transfer window may have only closed a matter of weeks ago, but Brown has suggested that West Ham are already planning for the summer, and he thinks they could return for Nketiah in the off-season.

Speaking about the £9m-rated attacker to GIVEMESPORT, Brown said: “West Ham, I think, still have an interest in him.”

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Would Nketiah be a good signing for West Ham?

Ever since they allowed Sebastien Haller to join Ajax in January 2021, West Ham have been short of options up front.

It has been reported that they have been interested in Nketiah ever since Haller left, but they have not managed to get a deal over the line thus far.

They have still done incredibly well over the past 12 months, largely relying on Michail Antonio to lead the line.

However, the goals have dried up for the Jamaican international in recent times as he has not found the net in the league since New Years’ Day.

It appears that he could do with some assistance, and that is why the Irons need to bring in another centre forward ahead of next season.

David Moyes’s side were linked with Darwin Nunez and Duvan Zapata last month, and it could be argued that Nketiah is less proven than them at this stage of his career.

He does have Premier League experience, though, and he did make the most of his opportunities in the Carabao Cup earlier this season by scoring five goals in as many games, indicating that he could be good enough to compete for a starting berth with Antonio if he moves to West Ham in the coming months.

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