West Ham have enquired about a move for Eddie Nketiah, according to emerging reports…
News outlet TransferMarketWeb claim the Irons are one of several teams interested in signing the Arsenal outcast ahead of the January transfer window.
Premier League rivals Leeds United and Crystal Palace are also mentioned by the report, whilst Bundesliga duo Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach are said to be keen too.
The 5 foot 11 striker could be available for €12m (£10m), although his £45k-per-week contract is set to expire in the summer, meaning he’d cost nothing at the end of the season.
It is no secret that a new frontline addition is required at the London Stadium this winter. Hammers boss David Moyes still only has one senior option at his disposal in Michail Antonio, 31, a player who has suffered from his fair share of injuries in recent years.
Nketiah, who possesses top-flight experience with the Gunners, could be a perfect solution as at just 22, he could one day replace the West Ham hitman in the future and learning from him in the meantime would be hugely beneficial for all parties.
Last year, the £10.8m-rated striker set the goalscoring record for the England U21 setup by bagging his 14th goal in just 12 games, a figure that has since increased to 16 goals in 17 appearances, as per Transfermarkt.
Interestingly, Nketiah has been likened to one of the Irons’ former stars in Jermain Defoe.
“He reminds me of another Jermaine Defoe and look at how well he did at West Ham,” claimed Noel Whelan 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.”
The young forward has bagged 43 goals in Arsenal’s youth setup and carried that natural ability into Mikel Arteta’s senior side whenever given a chance, having scored 15 times, five of which have been in the Premier League.
If the Hammers’ new head of recruitment Rob Newman wants to solve this problem for Moyes, then he could do little wrong in securing the Arsenal starlet in January.
For just £10m, it could be quite the bargain.