West Ham On Alert As Arsenal Set ‘Asking Price’ For Transfer Target Ahead Of The Summer

Arsenal have slapped a £30m to £35m “asking price” on West Ham target Eddie Nketiah, according to 90min.com.

The striker is known to be on the Hammers’ radar and they now know how much it will cost if they do make a concerted effort to sign him during the summer transfer window.

Nketiah has been linked with a switch to the London Stadium on and off over the past couple of years with trusted insider source ExWHUEmployee saying there was “some interest” in the player at the end of last year.

West Ham’s continued pursuit of the 24-year-old may hinge on technical director Tim Steidten and incoming manager Julen Lopetegui.

The pair are expected to hold talks about potential targets in the coming weeks, and signing a forward is likely to be at the top of the agenda.

Why are Arsenal selling Nketiah?

The England international has fallen well down the pecking order in recent months. Both Kai Havertz and Gabriel Jesus have been favoured ahead of him by manager Mikel Arteta and he hasn’t started a league game since a 2-1 defeat to Fulham on New Year’s Eve.

Nketiah will have other suitors, with 90min.com claiming that Crystal Palace and Wolves are his most likely destinations at the moment.

Which strikers are West Ham interested in signing?

Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke is a longstanding target for the Irons, while Brentford’s Ivan Toney has also been looked at as a potential option.

However, both players would be more expensive than Nketiah. A lot could depend on the size of West Ham’s budget. Without the prize money from European football adding to the transfer kitty, the club may have to fund any potential signings through player sales.

Nketiah’s lower price tag may, therefore, make him a more attractive target than other names currently on the list.

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.