Aston Villa are reportedly considering a move for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah after the England Under-21 international saw his Leeds United loan cancelled due to a lack of game time – and such a transfer should spark Leeds into action.
The Bristol Post has claimed that Premier League duo Aston Villa and Norwich City are looking to derail Bristol City’s hopes of signing 20-year-old Nketiah, despite the Championship side said to have agreed a move with Arsenal for Nketiah.
Nketiah left Leeds earlier this month after managing just four starts in his 19 appearances under Marcelo Bielsa – two of which came in the Carabao Cup. He scored five goals for Leeds, but the lack of starts saw Arsenal cancel his season-long spell.
Now, Nketiah could remain in the Premier League if Aston Villa can convince Arsenal that the striker would get regular game time. Indeed, Nketiah is certainly capable, having managed 19 senior appearances for The Gunners.
Such a move to Villa, though, would surely frustrate Jonathan Kodjia. The Ivorian will be chomping at the bit for game time following the season-ending knee injury suffered by Wesley during the 2-1 win over Burnley.
But instead of using Kodjia, it looks as though Villa want to replace Wesley with a new signing. Nketiah is the latest of a number of strikers to be linked with Villa, including Krzysztof Piatek, Michy Batshuayi, Jay Rodriguez and Olivier Giroud.
Leeds, meanwhile, also need a striker following the loss of Nketiah. If Villa sign the Arsenal prodigy, surely Leeds need to consider a move for Kodjia – given his excellent goalscoring rate in the Championship?
Villa spent a whopping £15million (BBC) to sign 30-year-old Kodjia in the summer of 2016, after he scored 19 goals for Bristol City during 2015-16. He scored 19 goals in just 36 Championship outings for Villa in his first season at the club.
His record has somewhat stuttered in recent seasons, though. Last season, he watched on as Tammy Abraham starred for Villa. But if Nketiah joins the Midlands side, surely Leeds need to consider Kodjia – especially given his contract ends in the summer.