West Ham emerge as the leading contenders to sign Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal

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Eddie Nketiah has been enjoying good form for some time (Picture: Getty Images)

However, Eddie Nketiah’s future beyond this season remains unclear West Ham are now reportedly leading the race for his signature.

The 22-year-old is out of contract with Arsenal at the end of the season and while it looked like a departure was the most likely option, his recent performances have encouraged the Gunners to keep him.

With a lack of options in attack, Mikel Arteta has brought Nketiah back into the pack and he repaid the Spaniard at the weekend with two goals in a win at Chelsea and two more in a win over Leeds.

Arteta wants the young striker to stay at the club but there are plenty of other options open to Nketiah in the Premier League and abroad.

The Daily Mail report West Ham are in pole position to sign Nketiah while David Moyes is desperate to add more firepower to his attack.

The striker wants pledges of more first-team football than he has had at Arsenal this season, although it’s not clear if the Hammers can promise him that as Michael Antonio is currently the top choice for the lead.

Arsenal are currently offering him first-team opportunities but they are expected to sign a new first-choice striker later in the summer to replace goals lost when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left in January.

Arteta wants Nketiah to stay and sign a new contract and says everyone at the club adores his attitude.

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Arteta is keen to keep Arteta (Picture: Getty Images)

After the Leeds win, Arteta said: “Well, he’s doing what he’s been doing all season when he’s been on the bench or at home – that lad doesn’t change, so we adore him.

“Now he has the right empowerment and staff around him and he can be judged for what he does on the pitch.”

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