Crystal Palace are interested in signing Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah this summer as they plan for a mass squad overhaul.
According to well-known journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Eagles are keen to acquire the 22-year-old’s services, although they’re set to face competition from fellow Premier League side West Ham United and German outfit Bayer Leverkusen.
Romano tweeted: “Crystal Palace and West Ham among clubs interested… and Bayer Leverkusen” in response to a tweet from account @ZRAFC, which revealed that Nketiah has rejected a contract offer from the Gunners.
The former England Under-21 international has just 12 months remaining on his current contract at the Emirates Stadium and is now expected to seek pastures new after turning down fresh terms from his boyhood club.
Nketiah found game time hard to come by last season, making just four Premier League appearances for the capital club, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette ahead of him in the pecking order.
News that he is set to be available over the coming months will surely leave the Palace supporters feeling delighted as they hope to see several new signings bolster the first-team squad ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Former Nice manager Patrick Vieira has recently been appointed as the new manager of the Eagles, and he’s faced with a daunting task in south London.
Several players departed on free transfers at the end of June after seeing their contracts expire and the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic means Vieira is likely to have just a shoestring budget available to replace them.
Therefore, Nketiah would be an ideal transfer target for Palace. The youngster has bagged 13 goals in 65 appearances for Arsenal, although several of those outings have been cameo appearances from the substitutes bench.
His proposed switch across London could be ideal for all parties this summer, and he could become the first addition of the Vieira era at Selhurst Park, which would delight the club’s fans.