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Leeds keen on Eddie Nketiah return

Finding a new striker could be atop Leeds United’s priorities during the summer transfer window.

At least that’s what manager Jesse Marsch recently alluded to earlier this month, telling reporters (via LeedsLive):

“In terms of the position [centre-forward], we have some talented players there and we have some flexibility with all the players we have upfront, but yes, we might need to look to find another attacker or two and one specifically that is a number nine.”

Since then, an intriguing name has emerged as a potential candidate in the form of ex-loanee Eddie Nketiah, who remains out of contract at Arsenal in the summer.

As relayed by TEAMtalk editor James Marshment, reports have surfaced linking the Yorkshire giants with a move for the England U21 international during the off-season, whilst he also tweeted out his thoughts on the matter, claiming:

“Eddie Nketiah to Leeds rumours circulating again. Honestly think he’d be a decent option for us on a free. Knows the club, knows many of the players and knows how to get on the end of chances.”

It’s not the first time that the Whites have been mooted with interest since that loan spell as TransferMarketWeb claimed Leeds had enquired about him ahead of the January transfer window.

Indeed, despite his struggles in a Leeds shirt in the Championship three years ago, the 22-year-old remains a top young attacking talent and one that could help end Marsch’s frontline woes.

Standing at 5 foot 11, the Gunners ace has been likened to both Ian Wright and Jermain Defoe in terms of playing style.

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“He reminds me of another Jermaine Defoe and look at how well he did at West Ham. He’s very much that similar sort of player,” claimed ex-Leeds striker Noel Whelan to Football Insider. “He plays off the shoulder, very dangerous in the box. He’s a player you can’t take your eye off because his movement’s so good.”

Nketiah bagged 43 goals from 56 appearances across Arsenal’s U18s and U23s teams and that has since translated into 18 senior goals, despite a lack of serious game time under Mikel Arteta, as per Transfermarkt.

The striker, also dubbed a “goal machine” by Michael Owen, could be the perfect summer signing alongside heavily-linked Brenden Aaronson – a central attacking midfielder capable of providing Nketiah with bags of chances and a pressing mentality that could leave Marsch purring.

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Aaronson and Nketiah would be quite the start to a transfer window indeed.

Valued at £9m, Leeds could be getting an absolute bargain as chairman Andrea Radrizzani wouldn’t have to pay a penny in terms of a transfer fee, should they try and tap him up on a contract this off-season.

AND in other news, Adam Pope drops Adam Forshaw injury update after Watford absence…