Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the talkSPORT reporter insisted that the Englishman would be interested in a move to the London Stadium this summer, with the 22-year-old set to be out of contract at the end of the season.
Asked about the Gunners academy graduate potentially joining the Hammers in the upcoming window, Crook stated that: “Yeah, I do [think he would be interested], because obviously he’d still be in London, still a big club, could go there and be the main man, play European football. I think that would appeal to him.
“How do you find a role for him and [Michail] Antonio in that team? I think because Antonio is not a natural centre-forward and his goals have dried up a bit since the turn of the year, I think that [bringing in Nketiah] would still work.”
He could well prove to be the answer to the Irons’ prayers – and on a bargain deal too – with the club having been crying out for a new centre-forward addition ever since the departure of club-record signing Sebastian Haller in January 2021.
Left with just Michail Antonio as the sole recognised centre-forward in the squad, that lack of depth has proven a notable issue in recent months, with the Jamaica international having scored just two league goals this calendar year.
The former Nottingham Forest man had himself previously admitted that he would welcome the new addition of a striker, with – as Crook suggested – the club in need of a more prolific presence in front of goal.
Although Nketiah had been starved of opportunities for much of the season, in recent months he has showcased his finishing prowess, netting four goals from his last seven league starts – the only starts in the competition he has had this term.
A record-breaker at England U21 international, the youngster clearly has a knack for finding the back of the net, having also chipped in with five goals in just five games in this season’s Carabao Cup.
The defensive side of his game is also not found wanting – something that will be vital to make it in Moyes’ side – as he ranks in the top 13% for pressures made and the top 7% for tackles made among players in his position across Europe’s top five leagues.
The “phenomenal” striker – as he has been dubbed by Mikel Arteta – could be the man to finally end the long-running centre-forward curse in east London, with supporters set to be crossing their fingers in the hope of a deal being done.