Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest are amongst the frontrunners to sign Eddie Nketiah on loan for the rest of the season, according to The Athletic (£).
The England under-21 international, recalled from a season-long spell at Leeds United at the weekend because he wasn’t getting enough game time, was the subject of a series of ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitches from clubs across Europe in the summer.
He seemed to be on the verge of a move to Ashton Gate before Unai Emery, Per Mertesacker and loan manager Ben Knapper signed off on the move to Elland Road. The Robins appear to be favourites this time around.
Mikel Arteta said last week that he’d sit down with the 20-year-old to discuss his options.
There must have been some temptation to retain Nketiah given his goal-scoring prowess and the fact we have games in three competitions on the horizon, however, it makes sense in the long-term to maximise his exposure to regular first team football. He wasn’t part of either squad as Arsenal beat Leeds 1-0 at the Emirates last night.
Bristol City are currently 11th in the Championship, three points shy of the playoff places. Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday are fourth and eighth respectively.
David Ornstein says a decision on Nketiah’s next club is expected in the next 48 hours.