Arsenal and West Ham have stepped up the pursuit of Abdallah Sima and the Slavia Prague striker is set to advance to the Premier League against other top European divisions this summer.

The 19-year-old has scored 19 goals in all competitions for Czech team Slavia Prague this season, including one against Leicester in the knockout phase of the Europa League.

Sima’s form attracted a lot of applicants before the summer and Slavia has already received a £ 25m bid for the striker from an unnamed club.

During the January window, the Senegal international was presented with a £ 50m valuation, although it is believed that a deal could be struck for less money.

The forward’s representatives are in regular discussions with a number of Premier League clubs, with Manchester United reportedly as interested as Arsenal and West Ham. Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have been linked in the past but Sima would prefer moving to a Premier League club before any other option this summer.





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Arsenal have yet to clarify the future of striker Alexandre Lacazette, who has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season and will be out of contract next summer. The Gunners have to decide whether to sell the French now or have the prospect of losing him for free next year if a new deal is not signed. Academy graduate and England U21 captain Eddie Nketiah is also out of contract next year and is one of several strikers West Ham is overseeing.

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Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham tops David Moyes’ list this summer, despite the Scot’s announcement that if the Blues hit their £ 40m price tag and the Hammers are on a tight budget, they will no longer be standing for a deal .

“The biggest thing is that this summer there will be a lack of funds not only at West Ham but also at many clubs,” Moyes said recently.

“We’ve been through 18 months of a pandemic, no crowds, no businesses, cuts in most things so I would think it will be a lesser summer of transfer activity.

“But ideally I want to strengthen myself, I want to add something and if I can find the right players I will be happy to do that.”

West Ham are ready to switch again for Seville’s Youssef En-Nesyri after falling short on a January offer, while Moyes are also looking to add a center-back and midfield support.

Manuel Lanzini’s recent performances alongside Tomas Soucek have left a central midfielder less of a priority in east London, although the severity of his hip injury against Everton could change that again.

The Hammers have done fantastic business with Slavia Prague since January 2020. Tomas Soucek was loaned out before making a permanent move that summer when full-back Vladimir Coufal followed his compatriot into the London stadium. Both were instrumental in Moyes’ push for Europe this season.