Leeds United in pursuit of Arsenal transfer agreement ahead of January

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Eddie Nketiah is reportedly on Leeds United’s radar heading into the January transfer, with his Arsenal future looking up in the air.

Leeds was Nketiah’s temporary home at the start of the 2019/20 season, yet Marcelo Bielsa’s decision to prefer Patrick Bamford to the Arsenal loanee in the Championship saw a recall clause triggered in the winter.

However, Nketiah’s career post-Leeds has struggled to take off and he’s been limited with game time at Arsenal.

As per Ekrem Konur on Twitter, Nketiah has Leeds on his trail, with a move away from Arsenal looking likely this January.

However, Leeds would face competition from Aston Villa and Brentford in the race to sign the striker.

The 22-year-old hasn’t featured in the Premier League this season, with his only minutes for the Gunners coming in the League Cup.

His previous spell at Elland Road saw Nketiah score five goals in 19 appearances.

Marcelo Bielsa, despite not playing Nketiah much, rated the striker and, if the opportunity arose to re-sign him, he’d probably give it a green-light.

However, the price is likely to be quite high and it’s not a priority position for Leeds in these next two windows.

Leeds have Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo as options in the No.9 position, whilst Joe Gelhardt is pushing hard out of the Academy too.

A central midfielder has to be Leeds’ priority in the next two transfer windows, not another striker.

It makes a deal for Nketiah feel very unlikely.