EXCLUSIVE: West Ham in pole position to sign Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah

EXCLUSIVE: West Ham are in pole position to sign Eddie Nketiah on a free transfer this summer if Arsenal cannot convince the in-form striker to commit to a new contract amid concerns about game time

  • West Ham are ready to take advantage of Eddie Nketiah’s contract stand-off 
  • Arsenal are keen to keep the striker, 22, who is out of contract in the summer 
  • His representatives have had two rounds of talks with the Gunners hierarchy
  • David Moyes’ Hammers are understood to be in pole position to pounce for him 

West Ham are ready to take advantage of Eddie Nketiah’s contract stand-off with Arsenal and will move for him if there is no resolution. 

Nketiah has pushed Arsenal towards Champions League qualification with two goals against Leeds on Sunday and two more in a win over Chelsea. His popularity is soaring with fans, who do not want to see a homegrown player leave this summer.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta also made a plea to Nketiah after the win over Leeds, saying that they ‘absolutely adore him’ but the prospect of him leaving is increasing.

West Ham are ready to take advantage of Eddie Nketiah’s contract stand-off with Arsenal

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta (right) is keen to keep the striker, who is out of contract this summer

Nketiah’s representatives have had two rounds of talks with Arsenal and another meeting is planned to see if they can find a way forward around how much game time he will get. 

A number of clubs are on alert but West Ham are understood to be in pole position to pounce for the 22-year-old. 

David Moyes, who is also a fan of Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins, is desperate to add more goals.  

But David Moyes’ West Ham are understood to be in pole position to pounce for the 22-year-old

Moyes, who is also a fan of Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins, is desperate to add more goals

He wanted to sign Luis Diaz in January and is interested in Benfica’s Darwin Nunez but the Uruguayan will move to a Champions League side this summer — there is interest in him from Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal are also keen on Nunez, and they have been tracking Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin for more than 12 months. 

With Alexandre Lacazette expected to leave the Emirates, Calvert-Lewin had been identified as a candidate to take his position in the squad.  




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