West Ham United have been dealt a potentially major blow after Arsenal entered the running for David Moyes’s prime target Tammy Abraham.
West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for the Chelsea outcast since January.
Indeed the Hammers have also been linked with a move for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah too.
But Abraham has been widely touted as Moyes’s number one target.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta cites Moyes as a huge influence on his career and management style.
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Last season the master beat the apprentice as West Ham finished sixth and secured Europa League group stage football while the Gunners ended up eighth without any European football for the first time in over two decades.
But now it seems West Ham and Arsenal are competing for the same players.
That’s after an exclusive report from The Telegraph claimed Arteta is seriously interested in rivalling West Ham for Abraham.
“Chelsea would preferably like to find a buyer for Abraham, who they value at £40million, before committing to a big-money bid for one of their main striker targets,” The Telegraph reports.
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“That has alerted Arsenal, among other Premier League clubs, although the Gunners are likely to need to sell players to get near Chelsea’s asking price.
“Abraham is expected to leave Chelsea this summer and the Blues have allowed a number of players to join Arsenal in recent years with Petr Cech, David Luiz and Willian moving across London.”
The news will come as a big blow to West Ham’s hopes. Yes the Hammers may be in a better place than their London rivals currently.
But Arsenal are still one of the country’s elite clubs and a massive draw for any player.
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There may be some hope for West Ham from insider ExWHUemployee, though.
Arsenal’s interest may well change that now. Especially if the Gunners are willing to outbid West Ham and offer higher wages.
And as The Telegraph states, Abraham is a lifelong Arsenal fan who grew up idolising Thierry Henry.