Arsenal have received a transfer warning over reported summer target Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with West Ham declaring a better fit for the Everton star who faces an uncertain future.
Mikel Arteta is looking to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and bolster his attack with a new striker in the summer transfer window, but has been told the Toffees leader is the wrong fit.
The Gunners were unable to replace Aubameyang in January when the club agreed to terminate his contract and allow him to join Barcelona on a free transfer.
The move suited both sides, with Arsenal’s young talent on the rise and Alexandre Lacazette rising to the fore as a leader within the squad, although the Frenchman still lacks the goals to justify a contract extension beyond the end of this season, having failed to score from open play since December.
Meanwhile, Aubameyang has enjoyed a new lease of life since moving to the Nou Camp, scoring nine goals in 12 appearances.
Arteta wants to add a new leader to his squad to replace Aubameyang and Lacazette with a player who can score regular goals, with Calvert-Lewin one of the north London club’s three main targets ahead of the transfer window.
However, recent reports have claimed their interest has cooled due to the England international’s poor injury record and lack of goals this season.
The 25-year-old has been limited to just 13 appearances this season and hasn’t added to that three-goal tally since fracturing his toe in September.
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And talkSPORT has been told the Everton man would be a poor candidate for the Emirates Stadium anyway, with Gabby Agbonlahor claiming he is not the striker Arteta needs.
Instead, he claims West Ham should look to land Calvert-Lewin this summer, with the striker expected to be made available should the Toffees suffer a shock relegation from the Premier League.
The former Aston Villa captain told talKSPORT breakfast: “Someone asked me last week on the show, should Arsenal replace him [Calvert-Lewin] – no!
“He can’t create his own goals, he doesn’t make his own goals. He has to drop it, then get into the box, then the cross for it to be perfect to score a goal.
“He’s not going to put the ball in his feet, turn and then score. It is not him.
“So for me, he wouldn’t be a good fit for Arsenal.
“Maybe the likes of West Ham, because they like receiving crosses into the box.
“But he is going through a bad patch. He lost his place in the England squad to Tammy Abraham, who can’t help but score at Roma, so Calvert-Lewin needs to do a lot more.
“If I am [Salomon] Rondon, I say ‘give me a chance’, because Calvert-Lewin doesn’t!
It is claimed that Arsenal remain interested in Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak and PSV Eindhoven striker Cody Gakpo as they look to fill the job in their squad.
However, a shock 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace by Gunners legend Patrick Vieira dealt a blow to their hopes of a top four finish and a return to Champions League football – which is also seen as a blow to their transfer plans. the summer.
Meanwhile, Premier League 100 club member and childhood Arsenal fan Darren Bent agrees Calvert-Lewin would be a better fit at West Ham if he left Goodison Park.
“I think Calvert-Lewin at West Ham is a big cry – they need another centre-forward and they cross the ball,” he said on Drivetime.
However, when asked what the striker would be worth, he got some bad news for the Toffees…
“If Everton want £60m, nobody is buying him for that,” added Bent.
“More like £35m or maybe £40m, but £60m? Wow.”
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