Arsenal News: West Ham United are reportedly in “pole position” to complete the signing of the in-form Edward Nketiah. The Gunners are yet to extend the striker’s contract and hence he could be headed out of the club.
The Gunners currently have Alexandre Lacazette and Edward Nketiah as their possible forward options. But the North London club could lose out on both their strikers in the summer.
Both Nketiah and Lacazette are out of contract in the summer. Talks of a new contract have not been agreed upon between the players and the club. Hence, the Arsenal forwards look set to be departing the club.
Mikel Arteta reportedly wants Edward Nketiah to extend his stay at the North London club. But the Arsenal striker was not happy with his game time. Hence with the World Cup scheduled later this year, he could be looking for chances elsewhere to break into the England squad.
Arsenal News: Is Edward Nketiah headed to West Ham United?
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Arsenal News: As per the Daily Mail, Edward Nketiah could be headed to West Ham United in the summer. The Hammers are interested in the player and are looking to sign him for free if Arsenal fail to secure his signature.
Edward Nketiah has been in red-hot form in the last few days. Mikel Arteta has himself claimed that the youngster has “proved him wrong” for not giving him enough chances this season.
The Gunners striker has started the last five Premier League games for Arsenal. In this, Nketiah has scored four goals for the North London club as his side has strengthened their grip on a top-four spot.
Edward Nketiah’s agents have already had a couple of meetings with the Arsenal representatives over a new contract. A deal is yet to be finalized and the two parties are set to meet once again this week.
Following an upturn of form, the 22-year-old striker has seen his popularity rise in front of the Arsenal faithful. Mikel Arteta has also changed his mind after initially snubbing the striker for the majority of the season.
If the Gunners fail to extend Nketiah’s contract, he would become a free agent in the summer. In this case, West Ham United would reportedly occupy the pole position to sign the forward.
Will Nketiah extend his stay with the Gunners?
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Arsenal News: The Gunners are targeting high-profile signings including Gabriel Jesus and Darwin Nunez in the summer. Owing to this, Edward Nketiah could again be frozen out of the starting XI next season. Hence West Ham United could be a great learning opportunity for Nketiah’s career.
David Moyes has been known to fast-track the careers of the youngsters. To add to this, the Hammers will most likely play in the Conference League. Hence, the Arsenal star could consider moving the West Ham in the summer.