West Ham hope Arsenal change Eddie Nketiah transfer stance after Folarin Balogun deal

The Hammers wanted Nketiah in January
The Hammers wanted Nketiah in January (Picture: Getty Images)

West Ham are reportedly hoping Arsenal will reverse their stance on Eddie Nketiah after Folarin Balogun agreed to sign a new long-term contract to extend his stay at the Emirates.

The Hammers were thought to be open to the idea of signing Nketiah in January following the departure of Sebastian Haller to Ajax but Arsenal were unwilling to listen to offers for their 21-year-old striker at the time.

The England Under-21 international has endured a frustrating season at the north London club having found first-team opportunities hard to come by.

Balogun has been convinced to stay at the Emirates
Balogun has been convinced to stay at the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)

With the Gunners on the verge of finalising a new deal for 19-year-old striker Balogun, according to the Evening Standard, West Ham now hope the north London club will deviate from their previous stance on Nketiah.

Hale End academy graduate Balogun was previously involved in a contract stand-off with Arsenal but has agreed to commit his long-term future to the club, with an official announcement expected imminently.

As well as Nketiah, West Ham are also said to be looking at reigniting their interest in Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri, who they had a bid rejected for in January.

Mikel Arteta has been unable to afford Nketiah many chances and admitted in March that a lack of minutes could end up stunting his development.

‘He needs to play and we’ve been wanting to use him a little bit more on some occasions and we didn’t,’ said the Spaniard.

‘To be fair, when he’s played, he’s played well, but at his age and for what he’s done the last two or three seasons, he needs more minutes.

‘It’s something we have to talk about openly and make the right decision.’

Nketiah also addressed his lack of playing time at Arsenal while on England Under-21 duty last month, which has left him feeling frustrated.

‘It’s been a difficult last month or so,’ Nketiah said. ‘I haven’t played as much as I would have liked.

‘I have been working hard and being dedicated, which adds to the frustration.’

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