Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe has been tipped to help West Ham finish in the Premier League top six by former striker Darren Bent.
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Smith Rowe’s inactivity at Arsenal has prompted several Premier League clubs to register an interest with the Hammers at the head of the queue in January.
The 23-year-old, a Hale End academy graduate, has struggled for regular game time again this term and it is reported the Gunners could be tempted into a sale.
Arsenal wish to strengthen their squad this month and offloading Smith Rowe would massively help with profit and sustainability rules (PSR).
Should West Ham land Smith Rowe and fellow transfer target Kalvin Phillips, who they are hoping to sign from Manchester City, Bent feels that the east Londoners would have no problem with securing a top-six finish in the Premier League.
‘If David Moyes brings the two players – Kalvin Phillips and Emile Smith Rowe, they will be two unbelievable signings for their squad,’ Bent told talkSPORT.
‘Especially pushing for Europe and pushing for that top six where they are.
‘West Ham fans would be thinking ‘oh my goodness, what can we do with this squad?’ – definitely top six, minimum top six.’
The bad news for West Ham is that Smith Rowe remains committed to his boyhood club and wishes to fight for his future at the Emirates.
Mikel Arteta insists he is ready to give Smith Rowe chances in the second half of the season amid reports he may be deemed surplus to requirements.