“It Could Be One To Watch” – Romano Hints West Ham Could Raid Arsenal For 24 Year Old Forward

West Ham transfer target Eddie Nketiah may consider leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

There have been reports that the Gunners are open to selling the 24-year-old, with the Hammers among his potential suitors. Responding to those claims, Romano was keen to emphasise that no talks have been held yet but it is a possibility that the player will be sold if another striker moves to the Emirates:

“I’m told it could be one to watch, but honestly West Ham have not started any concrete talks at this stage and it’s very early – Nketiah is 100% focused on Arsenal but it could change in case of new striker joining.”

Nketiah has been on the periphery at Arsenal in recent months. Even though he has made 10 Premier League starts this season, he has only made the starting eleven once since November.

Despite Gabriel Jesus’s injury problems, manager Mikel Arteta has opted to pick Kai Havertz ahead of Nketiah.

Arsenal are looking to sign a new No.9

It is believed that the Gunners have made recruiting a top striker a priority for the summer transfer window, with the likes of Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Sporting Lisbon’s Viktor Gyokeres, RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko and Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee all being scouted.

If one of those players were to be brought in, the writing would be on the wall for Nketiah, with West Ham seemingly waiting in the wings to snap him up.

West Ham will be in the market

No matter who is in charge of the Irons next season, they will be aiming to recruit a centre forward. Michail Antonio is 33 and could be let go in June if the club decide against extending his stay.

Danny Ings is not a long-term solution. Despite scoring against Burnley, he has struggled in front of goal this campaign. The club really shouldn’t be relying on Jarrod Brown to lead the line either.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.