Watford ‘targeting summer move for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah’ following immediate return to the Premier League… and Gunners ‘are willing to sell for £15m’ with England U21 ace out of contract in 2022
- The 22-year-old scored six goals in 29 appearances for Arsenal last season
- Eddie Nketiah has struggled for minutes under Gunners boss Mikel Arteta
- Arteta admitted the England Under-21 striker is deserving of more opportunities
Watford are reportedly weighing up a move for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah as the Hornets prepare for their return to the top flight.
Nketiah’s current deal at the Emirates expires next summer and the Gunners are prepared to sell rather than allow him to leave on a free transfer next year.
According to The Mirror the 22-year-old’s contract situation has given encouragement to club’s looking to secure his signature including Watford.
Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has been linked with a move to newly promoted Watford
The Hornets are preparing for their Premier League return after winning promotion last season
Nketiah rose through the ranks of Arsenal’s academy but has fallen down the pecking order under Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.
The north London club would reportedly want around £15 million if they were to sell him this summer.
He made 29 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal last season scoring six goals.
Watford can offer Nketiah more first team opportunities and remain hopeful they can conclude a deal for the England Under-21 star.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta admitted Nketiah deserves more minutes on the pitch
When asked about Nketiah’s lack of game time in March Arteta confessed he was sorry that he couldn’t give the academy graduate more opportunities.
‘It hurts as well because of how Eddie behaves and trains every day and because he’s a player from our academy, but he will have his chance,’ he said.
‘He needs to be patient and he’s showing no signs of lacking attitude or anything like that, it’s the complete opposite.
‘He’s a joy to work with and he deserves minutes and if he doesn’t get it, it’s just my fault.’