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Eddie Nketiah can take West Ham to next level

West Ham United remain interested in Eddie Nketiah this summer…

What’s the word?

According to the ever-reliable ExWHUemployee, the Arsenal striker is amongst David Moyes’ targets to bolster his frontline ahead of next season and it’s thought that the 22-year-old is available for a reasonable price due to his contractual situation.

Nketiah has entered the final 12 months of his current £45k-per-week deal at the Emirates Stadium, with him yet to sign the extension offered to him by the club.

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It has also been claimed that the Gunners have put the England U21 international up “for sale” by reporter Charles Watts.

“It doesn’t look like that contract will be signed, so now Arsenal are openly inviting offers for Eddie Nketiah, so it’s about finding the right club for him and getting a decent transfer fee. He’s in the last year of his contract so you wouldn’t expect they’re going to get absolute masses for him now, unfortunately.”

Moyes must swoop

It’s no secret that Moyes is desperate to bolster his attack as right now, he’s heading into a Europa League campaign with only one striker – an injury-prone Michail Antonio.

Even one new addition may not be enough as the Hammers will potentially be faced with over 50 matches across all competitions and seeing as the 31-year-old has never started more than 24 top-flight games in one season, it’s a cause for concern.

It remains to be seen how much Nketiah would command, with CIES Football Observatory currently valuing him at around £18m, he could be the sort of signing that elevates the Irons to the next level.

The 22-year-old became England U21’s record goalscorer in October and has experience of competing in Europe for the Gunners, with 15 of his 65 appearances coming in the Europa League.

It may not seem like much but it’s certainly a lot more than the bulk of Moyes’ current squad put together and that could prove key next term.

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Who cost more?

Nketiah is said to be like “another Jermain Defoe” by ex-Leeds frontman Noel Whelan, who compared the young Arsenal star to the one-time Hammers academy graduate to Football Insider.

“He’s very much that similar sort of player. He plays off the shoulder, very dangerous in the box. He’s a player you can’t take your eye off because his movement’s so good.”

After a phenomenal record at youth level, bagging a whopping 43 goals for Arsenal’s U23s and U18s, it’s time for Nketiah to be handed a proper opportunity in the senior game.

The 5 foot 11 goal machine could be the first of many signings to take West Ham to the next level this summer, Moyes must look to get this one over the line.

AND in other news, Moyes must urge West Ham swoop for “magical” £26m-rated prodigy excelling at Euro 2020

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