Leeds set to beat Bristol City to loan deal for highly-rated Arsenal striker

Date published: Wednesday 7th August 2019 5:34 - Nestor Watach

Leeds are poised to win the race for Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah.

The 20-year-old is expected to join the Sky Bet Championship club on loan for the season, according to sources at the Press Association.

He will be a replacement for Kemar Roofe who joined Anderlecht for an undisclosed fee on Tuesday.

Bristol City were interested in Nketiah and had been front runners last month before Unai Emery felt the striker would stay at the Emirates Stadium this term.

But the Gunners have now decided to let him leave, despite impressive pre-season performances, ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Leeds director of football Victor Orta has a good relationship with Emery and PA understands he made a personal pitch to Arsenal for Nketiah on Tuesday.

The England Under-21 international has made 19 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners and has scored three times since making his debut in the Europa League clash against BATE Borisov in 2017.

He netted in Arsenal’s final day 3-1 win at Burnley last season but is yet to start in the Premier League and was on the bench for the 4-1 Europa League final defeat to Chelsea in May.


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