Bristol City have made a move to prise Eddie Nketiah away from Leeds United in the January transfer window, according to Football Insider.
The Championship club are hoping to take advantage of the young Arsenal striker’s lack of game time at Elland road.
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The Robins, who are chasing promotion themselves and currently sit 5th, are thought to be keen on ‘rolling out the red carpet‘ for the youngster in order to secure his services.
It is thought that Leeds have failed to offer Nketiah the correct amount of game time to stop the north London giants from activating his mid-season recall clause.
This conundrum could be incredibly harmful to the club’s promotion chances this season. The Yorkshire side have struggled for goals at times this season, having scored the sixth most out of the top seven sides in the Championship thus far (via BBC).
And while Patrick Bamford has scored three goals in his last four games (via Transfermarkt), he did go without a goal in 10 consecutive league games earlier this campaign, showing a lack of reliability in front of goal.
The club have been linked with a move for Dwight Gayle from Newcastle United, a move that would bring a good level of competition in the number nine position (via The Telegraph).
However, they are not the only club chasing his signature with fellow promotion rivals Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion also interested in his services.
If the club do fail to replace Nketiah, winning promotion with just Bamford up front seems an incredible long shot.
The goals certainly aren’t flowing enough for the club up front to be able to let Nketiah leave, and Marcelo Bielsa’s only chance of retaining the 20-year-old seems to be giving him a run of starts from now till the end of 2019.
Leeds fans, how much would failing to replace Nketiah harm your chances of promotion this season? Let us know your thoughts!
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