West Ham United in the hunt for £45,000-a-week Arsenal striker

Arsenal are facing a battle to keep hold of Eddie Nketiah. U21 England international has enjoyed a rapid rise in stock in recent weeks, but with his deal at Arsenal expiring at the end of the campaign, many expect him to depart in a Bosman move in the summer.

Eddie’s precarious situation has put West Ham United on alert, with the Irons set to snap him on a free transfer at the end of the campaign. David Moyes, after all, is desperately searching for a new striker in the market, and it appears Nketiah has emerged as one of his top targets.

The 22-year-old striker is a product of the Gunners academy that has yielded quality footballers such as Saka and Smith Rowe in recent years.

While the English centre-forward was always considered a step below the others, the striker has recently started to make an impression under the Spanish manager, notably scoring braces with Chelsea and Leeds United.

The Englishman’s displays have led to widespread praise from the Gunners supporters, with many fans favouring his renewal before the campaign comes to an end. While the two sides are locked in talks over a new contract, they are yet to reach an agreement, with Mikel Arteta not very certain of keeping hold of the centre-forward.

West Ham United want to find an alternative for Michail Antonio, who has struggled with inconsistency this term and is currently the only recognised option in the number nine slot.