Arsenal have rebuffed Crystal Palace’s attempt to sign striker Eddie Nketiah in January, asserting that the England international is presently not available for transfer.
Palace, aiming to fortify their forward line in the January window to steer clear of relegation concerns, are struggling with a winless streak spanning eight Premier League matches. Roy Hodgson’s side sits precariously, just three points above the bottom three in the league standings.
The Eagles’ interest in Nketiah isn’t newfound; they had previously eyed the 24-year-old when his Arsenal contract neared expiration last year. However, Nketiah opted to extend his stay with the Gunners, committing to a contract running until 2027.
Despite this, Palace recently revisited their pursuit of the striker, initiating contact with Arsenal, as per reports from the Daily Mail. However, Arsenal swiftly rejected the initial inquiry, affirming their stance that Nketiah is not on the market presently, although circumstances might change as the transfer window progresses.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have their sights set on reinforcing their attacking options. Club legend Thierry Henry, reflecting on Arsenal’s recent 2-0 defeat against West Ham, highlighted the need for clinical finishing and suggested Bournemouth’s in-form striker Dominic Solanke as a potential solution.
However, Arsenal’s capacity for significant signings is constrained by the Premier League’s stringent spending regulations. Despite having made substantial acquisitions in the summer, particularly securing Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien Timber, defensive reinforcements remain a primary focus for the club.
Manager Mikel Arteta acknowledged the complexities of the January market, expressing doubts about potential moves, including the speculated interest in Ivan Toney. “We have certain targets, ideas if things happen,” Arteta explained. “But it is a very, very tricky market that shifts very quickly… We will be prepared and we will try to make the right calls.”
With Arsenal warding off interest in Eddie Nketiah while navigating financial limitations, their pursuit of reinforcements in the transfer market remains a strategic and challenging endeavor as they aim to bolster their squad for the remainder of the season.