Report explains reason why West Ham are abandoning pursuit of Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

West Ham have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

According to a report from The Mirror, West Ham United are pulling out of the race to sign Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - because they are prioritising a striker instead.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, now 22, was billed as English football's next big thing during his days with Southampton, and after 10 goals in the 2010-11 season, he was snapped up by Arsenal.

With 14 goals in 149 games for Arsenal and 24 England caps too, Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a decent career so far, but many would say that his development has stalled at the Emirates Stadium due to a lack of regular first-team football - and some believe he should look to leave Arsenal this summer.

Now, The Mirror report that whilst Oxlade-Chamberlain could leave, it won't be to West Ham United, as they are pulling out of the race for his signature.

The Hammers are enjoying a superb season under Slaven Bilic, and with the new Premier League TV money coming in as well as the big move to the Olympic Stadium, they should have some money to spend on new signings at the end of the season.

However, it's claimed that Oxlade-Chamberlain - currently out injured - won't be targeted by West Ham, because they are prioritising the their time and funds on a new striker.

Marseille star Michy Batshuayi is believed to be one of their top targets, with the Hammers prepared to invest huge funds in a new striker - but that means that a top winger like Oxlade-Chamberlain won't be arriving.

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