Mikel Arteta Arsenal admission gives West Ham’s transfer plans a major boost with the January window opening next week.
Arsenal and West Ham are very much in competition for fourth place in the Premier League this season.
But if recent reports are to be believed West Ham want to compete for an Arsenal player too.
It is one of the worst kept secrets in football that West Ham want to finally sign a striker in January.
West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for young Gunners striker Nketiah for some time.
David Moyes has always maintained he wants to continue building West Ham around young, athletic players hungry to prove themselves at the top level.
And Nketiah ticks those boxes. But another big box the Arsenal bit-part player potentially ticks is ‘availability’.
That’s after Arteta made an admission which gives West Ham’s reported Nketiah transfer plans a major boost.
Mikel Arteta Arsenal admission gives West Ham’s transfer plans a major boost
Because the Arsenal boss has admitted convincing Nketiah to stay may prove difficult amid the reported interest from West Ham (The Metro).
“That’s what I want (to convince him to stay),” Arteta said when asked about Nketiah’s future after he bagged a Carabao Cup hat-trick last week (The Metro).
“He’s willing (to consider staying), his only thing is he that he wants more minutes and that’s his decision.
“It’s difficult to go against him (his wishes) but as a club and me personally I really want him to stay here and that’s what we are trying to do.”
It sounds pretty clear that Nketiah will not be signing a new Arsenal deal unless he is given reassurances over game time.
And realistically Arteta is not going to be able to guarantee the 22-year-old the regular starts and game time he wants.
Whether Moyes does actually press ahead with a January move for Nketiah remains to be seen.
He is clearly a quality finisher. But does the England Under 21 record goalscorer have enough in his all round game to offer West Ham what they need as a focal point?
The prospect of playing up front alongside the likes of Michail Antonio is fascinating. And it would give Moyes more flexibility in using Antonio in one of the wide forward roles with Nketiah the central striker.
West Ham fans won’t have to wait long to find out whether Moyes will make a move.