Leeds confirm Eddie Nketiah loan as Patrick Bamford’s burden is lifted

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Leeds confirmed their second loan deal of deadline day as the transfer ticker moved into its final hour of activity.

The deal they concluded was that of Eddie Nketiah, a move that as the day went on looked more and more likely to happen after a report from David Ornstein claimed he was on his way to the club to complete a transfer on Thursday morning.

The Whites were looking to wrap up a temporary move for the 20-year-old earlier in the week, as Victor Orta’s close ties with Unai Emery were disclosed.

Bristol City were also in the race for his signature but Ornstein revealed that discussions between Orta and the striker managed to convince him to move to Yorkshire for the season.

Nketiah has put pen to paper on a season-long loan agreement and will now embark on his first move away from the Gunners after impressing during a pre-season in which he scored against Bayern Munich and Fiorentina.

Leeds also beat Swansea in order to land Nketiah for the entirety of the campaign.

The verdict

The fact Leeds were able to beat various suitors to his signature says something about the size of the club but at last, the Whites have finally added a new striker to their ranks.

After Kemar Roofe was injured Leeds were going to be left with just Patrick Bamford in attack for around a month.

However, his permanent move to Anderlecht meant they were left facing an even larger period with just one main attacker.

Nketiah’s arrival, therefore, should help offer them greater support, thus boosting Leeds’ promotion hopes significantly.

He hasn’t played in the division before but did score twice against Norwich in the Carabao Cup in 2017/18.

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