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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been told he must offload some of his fringe players before he can bring in any new signings and cross-city rivals West Ham could step in to lend him some assistance.

Hammers boss David Moyes surprisingly sanctioned Sebastian Haller’s £20million sale to Ajax earlier this week and is now in need of a replacement.

Bournemouth forward Joshua King and Senegalese striker Boulaye Dia are being considered by the east London club.

The Evening Standard claims Moyes has also added Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah to his shortlist.

The 21-year-old has been on the periphery of the first team this campaign, making just two Premier League starts.

However, the ex-Leeds loanee has been selection for cup competitions and relied upon from the bench.

West Ham are keen to speak to Arsenal chiefs to see if a deal is possible.

The Evening Standard adds that the Gunners would like to sign a creative midfielder and they could use funds recouped from Nketiah to do so.

Arsenal technical director Edu recently admitted “it’s quite clear that we need a player with creativity in the middle, we don’t have that in the squad right now”.

The north Londoners missed out on Lyon ace Houssem Aouar this summer because they decided to spend £45m on Thomas Partey.

Mesut Ozil was left out of the Premier League and Europa League squad list, leaving Mikel Arteta desperately short of creativity.

However, the German World Cup winner is on the verge of joining Fenerbahce, which will also free up some of Arteta’s budget.

Fenerbahce boss Erol Bulut said: “Mesut Ozil’s situation will become clear in the coming days.

“Mesut’s name is very common. It is not possible for me to make a comment before he comes.”

Arteta added: “I don’t know what is going to happen. Obviously now he’s free to negotiate with other clubs.

“We will discuss internally what the best situation for him is for the near future, obviously with the player and the agent too, and try to find the best solution for everyone.

“I think every player wants to play football. This is why we picked this profession and we are so lucky to be doing what we do. For every player that’s not playing, it’s always hard.

“I’m saying we will decide what’s happening in the next few days.”

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