Striker Danny Welbeck will reportedly leave Arsenal next summer and he is already being tipped to join West Ham United.
West Ham are at something of a crossroads when it comes to their striker pool.
Andy Carroll’s contract expires next summer after six injury-laden years in East London.
Javier Hernandez has also been regularly linked with a move away after failing to truly get his West Ham career off the ground.
Welbeck to be released in summer
An over-reliance on Marko Arnautovic threatens to be exposed after the Austrian was ruled out until the new year through injury.
According to Sky Sports Welbeck may have played his last game for the Gunners and looks likely to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires next June.
Sky Sports claims the Gunners currently have no plans to offer Welbeck a new contract, and his current deal expires in June 2019.
‘Stinks of West Ham’
The 28-year-old, who has 69 goals from over 300 career games, is out with a long-term ankle injury.
The injury required two rounds of surgery in November.
That hasn’t stopped him being linked with pastures new.
When the news Welbeck would be released on a free made it to social media, he was immediately tipped for a move to the London Stadium by football fans.
Welbeck going on a free,stinks of West Ham that.
— Kev Halloran (@Halloran656kev) December 5, 2018
— Daniel C (@D_City85) December 5, 2018
— footy90.com (@footy90com) December 5, 2018
Fans on Twitter are convinced Danny Welbeck will join West Ham United at the end of the season. The Arsenal forward will be released in the summer after failing to set the Emirates alight since arriving from Manchester United in 2014. Although Welbec.. https://t.co/viVtfn6IMS
— Full Time (@fulltimewh) December 5, 2018
He’s either going to end up at West Ham or Everton next season then
— 父 Steve 父 (@steve_whufc7) December 5, 2018
Imminent West Ham move and subsequent 4 goals a season for the next 3 years
— James Ryan (@Jamesryan_32) December 5, 2018
I hear a West Ham chairman or two getting very excited
Nailed on for West Ham
— Lee C (@DjLeeC) December 5, 2018
Danny Welbeck on a free? I hear a West Ham chairman or two getting very excited.
— Pep (@UglyKidPep) December 5, 2018
West Ham here we come.
— Sports ‘n’ Stuff (@SportsnStuff11) December 5, 2018
BREAKING! West Ham sign Danny Welbeck.
You heard it here first. https://t.co/VPxhcSW4Sy
— José (@Jose_Ferreiraa) December 5, 2018
No new contract for Welbeck, Everton or West Ham pending lol
— IfeCent (@ife88) December 5, 2018
Will end up at West Ham
— M I K E . L Ⓜ️ (@MikeALines) December 5, 2018
Can’t wait to see him turn up at West Ham then
— Bobbie McDonald (@Bmcd128) December 5, 2018
Danny Welbeck on a free smells of West Ham all over it
— Peter McGlynn (@Peter3McGlynn) December 5, 2018
Wilshere proof that it is not worth the risk
With a goal record of one in every four Welbeck has hardly set the world alight since emerging at Manchester United.
His continued selection in the England squad suggests Welbeck has quality.
But West Ham fans would surely not be impressed if the club were to move for yet another injury-prone player.
Manuel Pellegrini is nursing a Premier League-worst injury list.
Welbeck would be too much of a risk.
And West Ham are already counting the cost of taking the plunge on injury-prone Arsenal players with Jack Wilshere a case in point.