West Ham United insider @ExWHUemployee has recently aired the latest on the Hammers’ interest in Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik.
One man who has been linked with a possible switch to the London Stadium to bolster West Ham’s attacking options is the Polish forward, Milik (via The Sun).
The 26-year-old attacker only has until this summer left on his deal with Napoli and he has a market value of £19.8m according to Transfermarkt.
During the latest episode of The West Ham Way Podcast, @ExWHUemployee aired the latest on the club’s supposed interest in signing the striker.
He said: “[Lukasz] Fabianski is a key helper in this, obviously – he plays for the same national team.
“Milik of Napoli, he has played at a top level, got a lot of goals. I think he’s had a few injuries recently, he’s a little bit out of favour at Napoli but [has] still got a really good goals record.
“I think it’s one in three for Napoli which, in Italy, isn’t too bad.
“He is possibly available for a loan, which we could then have an option to buy. He’s maybe a backup option [for West Ham].”
TIF Thoughts on what @ExWHUemployee said about Arkadiusz Milik…
As can be seen in what the in-the-know podcast had to say, he believes that the Hammers could be eyeing a loan move for the 26-year-old attacker.
Should West Ham sign Arkadiusz Milik from Napoli?
No, he's not that good
Yes, he's a solid player
Last season, the Polish striker managed to bag 11 goals in 26 Serie A appearances for his club, earning him a respectable 6.88/10 average rating (per WhoScored).
So, it is clear that he is capable of scoring goals and, therefore, could be a good purchase for the Hammers should they pursue him.
However, the loan deal that @ExWHUemployee suggested would make little sense from Napoli’s point of view as he is out of contract in the summer and could leave for free following a loan.
So, unless Napoli intend to agree a new contract with Milik before sending him out on loan with an option for West Ham to buy him, that seems unlikely.