West Ham 'could target' £45k-a-week striker at the London Stadium

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Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah would be a “good option” for West Ham this summer, although the Gunners still want him to stay in north London, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

The £9m-rated frontman is out of contract this summer and is wanted by several Premier League clubs, including the Hammers.

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Despite Nketiah, described as ‘dangerous‘ by ex-Premier League player Noel Whelan, coming to the front with crucial braces against Chelsea and Leeds in recent weeks, the 22-year-old could still leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season.

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham have moved to the front of the queue for Nketiah’s services, with the report stating that David Moyes’ side are in pole position to capture the free transfer.

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The Hammers remain in desperate need of a striker having failed to replace Sebastien Haller, who left for Ajax more than 15 months ago.

Arsenal have already offered Nketiah, who’s played 89 times for the club, a new deal, and Jones reckons that even though West Ham want to sign him, he could also extend his stay with the Gunners.

But Nketiah’s five top-flight starts this season have come in Arsenal’s last five games, and the journalist believes that the young striker is having reservations about staying at the Emirates over a potential lack of game-time.

What did Jones say about Nketiah?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “At this moment Nketiah is more likely to leave Arsenal than stay and he is a very good option for a club like West Ham to target.

“Arsenal want him to stay but he’s still not convinced he’ll get enough games so Arteta will have to win him over – or he’ll go.”

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Would Nketiah be a good signing for West Ham?

Nketiah, who earns £45,000 per-week, has shown in recent weeks that he can score goals at Premier League level, particularly with two clinical finishes in Arsenal’s win at Stamford Bridge.

However, while signing him on a free transfer would be a shrewd piece of business, Nketiah has shown little prior to his recent spree that he’s good enough to lead the line for a top-flight club, with only five goals in his first 52 games in the league.

If West Ham bring in a big-money striker, and Nketiah is competing with Michail Antonio and one other, then he could be a useful member of the squad but signing him to be their first choice could be seen as a risk.

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