West Ham are tracking Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah this January.
Selling Sébastien Haller to Ajax for £20m, West Ham succeeded in continuing their trend of being absolutely useless at signing strikers in the transfer market. Their record transfer has come and gone at a loss 18 months on, and they’ve now turned their attentions to Arsenal.
Arsenal aren’t exactly able to rinse their London rivals too much, as they’re undergoing a squad overhaul to trim off the overgrown deadwood that litters their side. With a whole host of players heading for the exit door, an unexpected one could also be added to the list.
As per the Evening Standard, the Irons have placed Eddie Nketiah on their list of forward targets to succeed their now departed Ivorian. While they took a loss on the transfer, David Moyes has been promised he can reinvest the money earned into a shiny new striker.
Josh King and Boulaye Dia are the other names on the shortlist as the Hammers aim to make a swift turnover in that department.
Nketiah’s situation at Arsenal has been one of promise, just without full delivery. Ever since scoring a brace against Norwich on his senior debut, he’s showing glimpses of unquestionable talent coupled with equally subpar showings.
At the end of last season he even assumed the main striker role from Alexandre Lacazette, a spell only cut short by a reckless red card. To date he’s hit 12 goals in 57 outings for the club he joined in 2015, including a whopping 16 in just 14 England Under-21 appearances.
With the future of Folarin Balogun up in the air, the emergence of Premier League interest in Nketiah poses a whole host of questions. Is it time to pick between the two, or is all of that too reckless?