Arsenal eye transfer for 15-goal forward starring in Europa League but West Ham also keen

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Arsenal are actively looking into a deal to sign Slavia Prague attacker Abdallah Sima for this summer according to reports. The teenager has been excellent for the Czech champions this season.

The teenage forward, who has spent much of his campaign on the right wing, has delivered 15 goals and six assists in 28 games.

Four of those goals have come in the Europa League having scored in the last 32 second leg victory over Leicester City.

Sima was also impressive against Rangers as Slavia put the Scottish champions to the sword over two legs, beating the Gers at Ibrox before the international break.

Only team-mate Jan Kuchta has meanwhile scored more Fortuna Liga goals than Sima this term.

And his displays have reportedly caught the eye of Premier League giants Arsenal, per Eurosport.

The tricky 19-year-old is proving himself ready to be the next in line for a step up from the Czech top tier in the near future.

Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal have both thrived since swapping Slavia for West Ham.

And it’s claimed the Hammers are interested in raiding Slavia once more to sign Sima and strengthen their forward line.

Eurosport say Juventus are another club who have closely looked at the attacker’s talents.

But the report adds Arsenal and West Ham are the two clubs most strongly pursuing a move for Sima.

The Gunners will of course go head-to-head with Sima and Slavia in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, with the first leg this coming Thursday at the Emirates.

The two sides contest the second leg a week later as they look to book a semi-final showdown with either Unai Emery’s Villarreal or Dinamo Zagreb, who downed Tottenham in the last 16.

Mikel Arteta said this week when asked about signings: “We had some priorities that we had to address to be in a position to now evolve the squad, evolve the team and start to compete on a different level and this is where we are.

“Obviously we need support from everybody to try to do what we’ve done and so far we’ve had it.

“The commitment and the vision that we all share is unquestionable and we had a lot of meetings about that and we’re all on the same page.

“We know where we are and we are very realistic about what we are. The things that we have done have consequences because it generates some instability that is necessary to make changes.

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“But we need some stability now to grow and evolve in the way we want to do it. That time frame is the tricky thing because we need to win immediately.”

The Arsenal manager will have to sell some players to raise funds to make additions to his squad.

And he added of players loaned out: “That will be the thing that we have to address at the end of the season.

“We loaned them out because we wanted to obviously give them some game time and see the level that they can perform at away from here, try to develop them and then bring them back here to try to use them.

“That’s the first idea. After, we will evaluate what they’ve done, the level that they’ve shown and how much they can accomplish with the way that we want to play and the squad that we have in our hands.”

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