According to The Sun, Eddie Nketiah could decide on his immediate future in the next two days, and it may not spell good news for Sheffield Wednesday as they face even tougher competition to secure him.
It’s claimed that Premier League outfit Aston Villa have entered the hunt as the 20-year-old is highly sought-after.
Championship duo Bristol City and Nottingham Forest are two other teams with an eye on the starlet.
The source believes that Nketiah’s main priority is how much game time he will be given after returning from a bit-part spell at Leeds United, where he netted five times in 19 matches despite averaging less than 35 minutes per game, via Transfermarkt.
The Owls have also been linked to Connor Wickham this week.
Villa could well be the front-runners to land him for a variety of reasons.
He’ll be getting experience in the top tier of English football, a league that his parent club, Arsenal, ultimately ply their trade in – they’d be able to quickly see whether or not he’s ready for first-team exposure at the Emirates Stadium.
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His game time is likely to be very substantial too after the Midlands side suffered a scathing blow to club-record signing Wesley Moraes. He’ll be out for the season, leaving a first-choice spot open to a new addition.
Wednesday too need a striker after top goalscorer Steven Fletcher was ruled out for the next eight to ten weeks, but given the multitude of options behind him, manager Garry Monk will need to do a lot of persuading in order to land the Gunners frontman,
And he’d have every right to not trust words after Marcelo Bielsa’s presentation won everyone over back in the summer, only for him to still sit behind Patrick Bamford in the pecking order.
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The lure of playing at the very highest level may prove to be all too much for Nketiah, leaving the Owls with a blow of their own to deal with.
Meanwhile, in more positive news, Wednesday appear to be the front-runners to land another target this month…