Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has claimed that West Ham United are interested in a move for Arsenal man Eddie Nketiah.
West Ham are set for a pretty big summer as they prepare for their first taste of European football since the 2016/17 season as they will be playing in the Europa League next term, and in order to make sure that they are able to compete on multiple fronts, they may need to bring in extra bodies.
One area that really needs addressing is the centre-forward spot, as Michail Antonio is the only full-time member in that position that they currently have ahead of next season. And speaking on the Here We Go podcast, Romano revealed that the Hammers were one of a number of clubs, both in England and abroad, that are showing an interest in Nketiah, who is valued at £14.4m on Transfermarkt, this summer:
“Arsenal offered him a new contract, as The Athletic says, and this is true – they offered him a long-term contract, but many clubs are interested. So in England, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Watford asked for Nketiah to sign him on a permanent deal – not a loan, it’s a permanent deal.
“But keep an eye on Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, they wanted [Folarin] Balogun in the past and now they want Nketiah, so keep an eye on Bayer Leverkusen.”
TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments about Eddie Nketiah and West Ham United…
Would Eddie Nketiah be a good signing for West Ham?
This would be a pretty nice move for West Ham United to make, especially when you consider the European factor. The Europa League is a competition that Nketiah has experience in and has indeed scored in, so could easily be seen as the go-to guy for them in that competition if they want to rest Antonio for the Premier League.
And given the other teams that are interested, despite Leverkusen the only other club able to offer European football, they are also in the Europa League group stage like the Hammers, so West Ham are quite possibly the most attractive option for Nketiah right now, so perhaps they can feel confident about being able to win the battle for his signature if Arsenal decide to let the 22-year-old go.