Should Arsenal cash in on Nketiah with West Ham interested?

West Ham interested in Arsenal striker

 

West Ham are keen to bolster their center-forward options and are considering a move for the Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, according to the Daily Star.

The Londoners were desperate to sign a back-up striker for the injury prone Michail Antonio in the winter transfer window but failed with their endeavors.

David Moyes is believed to favor a move for an energetic center-forward who can press from the get-go. Thus, The Hammers’ believe the addition of the England U21 top scorer Nketiah can boost their striker options to great effect. And given that he is homegrown, it makes the deal even more enticing.

Arsenal are believed to value the 21-year-old around 20 million, but his value will drop with every passing week as his contract expires at the end of next season.

As a result, the South London club can get their target for a cut-price deal this summer. Arsenal are also believed to be open to offers for Nketiah. Edu has a great deal of work to do this summer. Mikel Arteta wants a smaller squad that it currently has, and as a consequence Nketiah has been transfer listed along with other Hale End graduates such as Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland Niles.

The former Chelsea academy player has 12 goals in 60 appearances for Arsenal’s first-team.

Should Arsenal cash in on Nketiah? Or be a little more patient?

Yash Bisht

26 Comments

  1. Rashid80 says:

    Hundred percent and we should keep Balogun

    1. Yash Bisht says:

      I second you, Rashid!

      1. gooner4life says:

        Agree with you Rashid80 100%

  2. PJ-SA says:

    I’d take 12 mil right now, get it done please.

    1. Yash Bisht says:

      12 million is a bit low in my opinion. Should be around 15-20m.

      1. Sabelo Memani says:

        It’s funny how we invest so much time on young guns only to ship them off cheaply. No returns on investment at all. Nketia is a hellova good box striker, he may not have the flair most wishes he had. Look at his junior records. The young lad needs more trust and confidence from us and not to be bashed. It’s not his fault he is under 23 and Auba as well as Laca are seasoned strickers. Give the lad a break, PLEASE, in two three years he will be top of his game. Yall have a craze with wonder kids, he isn’t but an old traditional number nine, a fox in the box. Let him be or regret it if he were sold to West Ham in a year or two.

  3. Declan says:

    Yash Bisht……..Where is it confirmed that Nketiah, Nelson, Willock and AMN have been put on the transfer list by Arsenal, as its news to me?

    1. Atid says:

      My thoughts exactly, where is this so called transfer list? I do agree that Arteta will need to make significant reductions to his over 21 squad. At the end of the season all players born 1999 or earlier (thus needing to be named or unregistered for EPL duty) will need to be reduced from the current 35. Some will go naturally as their loans will end or their permanent contracts will expire. Also some will enter their final year.

      But there is no evidence to say there is a transfer list, let’s not forget the players you are naming are all homegrown, meaning we would be heavily overloaded once again with non-homegrown players

    2. Yash Bisht says:

      I was not precise enough there I must agree. I meant that they would be open to offers because they are hardly getting a run-in in the team.

  4. Almaria says:

    Certainly not, he is a good young upcoming player and we have many more youngsters also, who are only getting better. Why does he keep buying new older players , when he has the best in our young players and stop wasting money should be only when he needs to. He does not seem to be giving them enough chances

    1. Atid says:

      Agree with this comment too, however Arteta has tried to balance the need to win a trophy, whilst chasing a European place. Personally I would have loved him to retain Balogun, but as I understand it he has now been placed on Gardening leave, he can obviously still agree a deal with the club or a foreign club. But he has made it clear he has no intention 9f doing so. This leads me to believe he has already been tapped up by another Premier League team. Arsenal will have to hope for a fair deal at the tribunals.

      As for what we will need in the summer, reduction of numbers will be imperative. No less than 10 players (born 1999 or before) need to move on just to get us down to the 25. The favourites will be Luiz, Odegarrd, Ceballos, Ryan, Oluwu, Bola and Iliev as all will be out of contract in June. Players like Bellerin, Chambers, Mavropanos, Elneny, Kolasinac, Lacazette, Nketiah, Sheaf and Osei-Tutu will all be entering their final year.

      There I have just named 16 that are most likely to depart this summer and I have not even included players like Balogun and Okonkwo who are under 21 and others like Torreira and Guendozi who look destined to leave.

  5. Drayton says:

    If Nketiah doesn’t dedicate this summer to building strength, then yes sell. If he can get stronger though, we should definitely keep him as that’s what is really holding him back. Too easily pushed around.

  6. OnceGreat says:

    If the club manages to keep Balogun, definitely yes. Nketiah has been given enough chance and disappointed.

    However, if Laca is sold in the summer, I’d extend him for a year and make him play second fiddle to Balogun and the potential striker signing.

    1. zackson88 says:

      just allow his to leave. why second fiddle. he will never develop as second fiddle. He had his chances which he did not make better use of

    2. Stuart Jarman says:

      If we can get £20 million for Nketiah definitely take it He’s just not good enough at the top level which may be the same for Balogun too It’s OK scoring in under 23 games and Europa, League but big difference when playing against the top teams Ceballos Elneny Torreira Guendouzi Nelson Willock Maitland Niles Runarsson and Chambers should all be shipped out in the summer too We, are not progressing with any of those players who are simply just not good enough to be at a club the size of Arsenal

  7. durand says:

    Time to move on from Nketiah, what has he improved on since his time with the 1st team? Nothing I would say; atrocious 1st touch like a brick, poor link up, poor technique and dribbling, can’t create his own chances, nothing but a poacher still after nearly 2 years with 1st team.

    Cut our loses, and take the money if someone offers. We have Balogun, and if he doesn’t stay there are more in U-23’s we can promote.

    There are other more exciting and talented players to take his spot in the team, especially if we sell Laca and bring in another ST.

  8. Grandad says:

    If we are offered around 20m for Nketiah, I have no doubt that we would accept the bid.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      👍

  9. Zech zye says:

    Nketiah is young and shit happen in the game of football (soccer) we should loan him to any big team and see after that

  10. apangu iddi amin says:

    We can sell him and top the cash for getting Odoi from celtic that will be a good deal.

  11. Rw1 says:

    Bielsa could see a hapless talent from day one … should have been sold at start of season … would take anything upwards of 10m from any club rash enough to shelve out that kind of money

  12. Stuart Jarman says:

    If we can get £20 million for Nketiah definitely take it He’s just not good enough at the top level whiay be the same for Balogun too It’s OK scoring in under 23 games and Europa, League but big difference when playing against the top teams Ceballos Elneny Torreira Guendouzi Nelson Willock Maitland Niles Runarsson and Chambers should all be shipped out in the summer too We, are noyprogressing with any of those players who are simply just not good enough to be at a club the size of Arsenal

    1. Rashid80 says:

      How did know Balogun is not good for PL? He didn’t even get the chance like neketiah did!

  13. jon fox says:

    BEARING IN MIND THIS RUMOUR IS FROM A DOWN MARKET TABLOID, WE HAVE TO BE WARY OF IT BEING TRUE.
    IF it is true then the club will surely accept any half decent offer.
    But money all round is in short supply anyway so even should West Ham be keen that alone does not mean he will leave at this time. But he will be gone one way or another ere too long. THANKFULLY TOO!

  14. Argooner says:

    Since when were West Ham in Soith London?

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