Aston Villa have entered the battle to sign Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah on loan, as reported by Football Insider.
The Villans are looking to sign him on a loan deal worth upwards of £1m, after he was recalled from his previous loan spell with Leeds United.
They are not alone in their pursuit of the 20-year-old though, as Championship trio Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest are also looking to recruit him.
During his time with Leeds, he made two starts and 15 substitute appearances, scoring three goals, while he also had two goals from the two starts he made in the Carabao Cup.
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That he has got five goals this season, despite being restricted so heavily by the lack of game time afforded to him by Marcelo Bielsa, indicates that he has the potential to be a prolific goalscorer.
This move could be seen as a roll of the dice from Dean Smith, as he is in desperate need of further recruits in attacking areas, something that is signified by the fact that Villa didn’t have a recognised striker in their starting lineup against Manchester City.
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Game time is said to be one of the main factors in Nketiah’s decision-making process, so if Villa are to bring him in, this could see the England youth international become the club’s main striker option for the remainder of the season.
Putting so much faith in a player with his lack of experience could be considered a risk, but this is also an opportunity to bring in somebody who can hit the back of the net. After all, the 20-year-old netted nine times in ten outings throughout the Premier League 2 campaign in 2018/19.
That is something that Wesley was never able to do consistently this campaign, failing to get a single goal or assist in 12 consecutive Premier League games.
If Villa do get Nketiah for the rest of the season, his level of success could be the difference between the club staying up and being relegated. This is one big gamble to take.