West Ham were one of four clubs that tried to sign Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
The 22-year-old was poised to leave the Emirates with his contract set to expire at the end of next month. In addition to the Hammers, Crystal Palace and two German teams also made offers for the player, but the forward has now decided to remain with the Gunners:
Eddie Nketiah’s new contract will be valid until June 2027. Five year deal now set to be signed, as Arsenal wanted him to stay at all costs. ⚪️🔴 #AFC
Crystal Palace, West Ham and two Bundesliga clubs approached Eddie but he’s staying. pic.twitter.com/tQQmBtpSNL
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 28, 2022
It is not a surprising development. The Hammers have been linked with Nketiah on and off over the past year, but his increased playing time at Arsenal in recent weeks had suggested that he would make a U-turn on leaving the North London club.
Irons boss David Moyes is believed to be looking to sign a young striker this summer and, with Nketiah no longer an option, it is expected that he will now move on to alternatives. Chelsea’s Armando Broja is reportedly high up the list of targets and, with the Albanian said to be available for £25m, an offer may be tabled soon.