Arsenal would consider a ‘reasonable’ offer from West Ham United for striker Eddie Nketiah this summer.
That’s according to West Ham insider ExWHUemployee, who claims David Moyes is keen on the Arsenal fringe player.
Fleet footed Nketiah made just four Premier League starts for Arsenal last season but managed two goals and an assist.
Insider confirms West Ham interest in ‘new Ian Wright’ and Arsenal are open to ‘reasonable’ offers
The 22-year-old has been linked with West Ham since Moyes sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January.
His speed, movement and finishing ability has seen Nketiah dubbed ‘the new Ian Wright’.
If the Lewisham-born forward turns out to be half the player ex Arsenal and West Ham forward Wright was then the Hammers will be on to a winner.
According to ExWHUemployee West Ham have confirmed interest in Nketiah and the Gunners are open to reasonable offers.
‘It will be interesting to see how this develops’ – ExWHUemployee
“In addition to the players named as potential targets on the podcast last night I can also confirm that we are interested in Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal,” Ex said in a transfer update on The West Ham Way patreon site.
“I believe Eddie signed a new contract back in January but it is thought that Arsenal would consider letting him go for a reasonable price.
“Other clubs are also looking at him so it will be interesting to see how this one develops.”
Nketiah has 13 goals in 65 appearances for Arsenal – mostly as sub – and is close with West Ham star Declan Rice.
His potential is perhaps best illustrated by his brilliant goal record at international level for England Under 21s.
Despite fan concerns, poacher Nketiah is exactly what Hammers have needed for years and fits Moyes’s recruitment policy
Nketiah is the age group’s record goalscorer with 16 goals from 17 appearances, surpassing the 13 set by the great Alan Shearer.
Many West Ham fans have remarked that Nketiah does not seem like a Moyes type of striker.
But West Ham have needed a poacher for years. And when they got one – Javier Hernandez – he was too old and not up to it anymore at Prem level.
Nketiah fits Moyes’s Red Bull inspired recruitment policy perfectly. Young, talented, athletic and hungry to prove himself at the top level.
If West Ham can tempt Arsenal with a reasonable offer, this could be quite a coup.
Another West Ham priority this summer is to sign a defender. And Moyes could pull off a masterstroke by using Hammers outcast Felipe Anderson as a makeweight in a move for Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic.