West Ham are interested in a free transfer from Eddie Nketiah and have made adding him to their squad a priority.
England’s record under-21 top scorer is in the final months of his contract with Arsenal and he has so far rejected attempts to tie him down to a new contract.
The Gunners will now have to deal with the loss of another striker after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the club in the January transfer window.
Nketiah was in good scoring form in the Carabao Cup this season, but Arsenal have since left the competition and he rarely starts league games for the Gunners.
Football Insider claims West Ham want to sign him and he is one of their main attacking targets when the transfer window reopens.
Because he is under 24, Arsenal will have to pay compensation when he leaves the club and joins the Irons.
Just the opinion of Arsenal
Nketiah will struggle to play if he extends his contract at Arsenal and even he knows it.
The time has come for the club to release him so he can build a career at another club.
He’s just not good enough for us, but he could become a top player for West Ham.