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Nketiah/Hammers update

Arsenal are reportedly hopeful of signing Eddie Nketiah to a new contract this summer

By Hughie Southon

Eddie Nketiah’s links with West Ham – reported here as being highly unlikely – aren’t taking long to fade and die as we suggested.

The Mirror is now claiming that the 22-year-old striker –  out-of-contract at the end of the season – is now being pressed hard to re-sign by Arsenal.

The forward has started the Gunners’ last five games and has scored four goals, including two  on Sunday against Leeds and two weeks ago away at Chelsea.

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As a result, Mikel Arteta is said to be desperate to keep Nketiah and The Mirror report that the club are willing to increase his salary from one of the first-team’s lowest earners to one of the highest-paid.

That would be very much in line with what we reported when we added that our own source had told us the forward wants a guarantee of playing 28 games a season.

Other media claimed that we were in pole position to agree a free transfer but that was always way wide of the mark.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon