West Ham United are reportedly eyeing up Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah, following the departure of Hammers striker Sebastian Haller.
The Frenchman arrived at the London Stadium on a reported £45m deal in July 2019, after a prolific spell in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Despite the price tag and his previous goalscoring exploits, Haller never truly managed to settle in the Premier League, with the returning David Moyes often favouring the versatile Michail Antonio in the lone striker role.
The 26-year-old netted just ten goals in 48 league games for the club during his one-and-a-half-year spell in England, before signing for Dutch giants Ajax for less than half of what the Hammers originally paid for him.
With his exit now confirmed, the east London club have turned their attentions to a possible replacement, with the Evening Standard reporting that West Ham are keen to move for Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah.
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The England U21 international has made 20 appearances for the Gunners this season, yet the recent form of Alexandre Lacazette, as well as the presence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has limited his game time.
The forward’s current contract is set to expire in June 2022, with Arsenal perhaps willing to cash in on the player in order to avoid letting him leave for free in the future. While a potential loan move is not out of the question, a permanent move would potentially be better suited to both parties.
The club are currently trying to tie down Nketiah’s teammate and fellow forward Folarin Balogin to a new long-term deal, although at present it looks as if he could be leaving the club this summer.
However, a potential exit of Nketiah may offer more game time to Balogun and persuade him to stay at the Emirates, as well as freeing up some much-needed cash for Mikel Arteta to reinvest in the first-team squad.
As for the Hammers, the report suggests that they are also keeping a close eye on other potential targets, with wantaway Bournemouth striker Josh King one name that has been frequently mentioned.