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Leeds enquire about ex-loanee Eddie Nketiah

Leeds United could revisit Eddie Nketiah in the January transfer window…

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According to TransferMarketWeb, the Whites have enquired about signing the former loanee on a permanent basis as he enters the final six months of his current contract at Arsenal.

However, Victor Orta and co face stiff competition from Premier League rivals West Ham United, who have also asked about the 22-year-old, and Crystal Palace as well as Bundesliga duo Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach.

The report claims the England U21 record-breaker could be available for as little as €12m (£10m) this winter.

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And that would be an absolute bargain for United to seal.

His loan stint during the 2019/20 season was hardly inspiring before an abrupt and premature return to north London, having scored only five goals in 19 appearances but that actually worked out to a goal every 133 minutes as he played second fiddle to Patrick Bamford.

There is an element of unfinished business here between the £10.8m-rated Gunners gem and Leeds.

According to The Athletic’s Phil Hay at the time, Marcelo Bielsa was left rather frustrated by his recall to Arsenal and that he “wanted him to stay,” so perhaps it can be second time lucky.

He did make a good impression on the Argentine during their time together, however.

“He’s a specialist great player with a lot of resources and our play is a collective way of playing and one player needs to adapt to this style,” Bielsa said.

“For this reason when we felt he was part of the team we thought that we were going to feel the same and that he would continue with us. He didn’t take this decision but he is a great player, an excellent professional and he had very good behaviour, he is a gentleman in every sense.”

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The 5 foot 11 frontman has bagged 43 goals in Arsenal’s youth setup and carried that natural ability into Mikel Arteta’s senior side whenever given a chance, having scored 15 times, five of which have been in the Premier League.

Nketiah has also been compared to Jermain Defoe for his “very dangerous” nature inside the box by ex-United man Noel Whelan and dubbed “so incredibly prolific” by football scout Jacek Kulig.

For just £10m, Leeds could do no wrong in bringing the young forward back to Elland Road this winter. Orta and Bielsa must look to get it done.

AND in other news, Forget Raphinha: Leeds struck dream deal with £18m-rated “beast” who’s “got it all”

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