Bristol City want to sign Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah on loan after slow start with Leeds – reports

Bristol City are keen to sign Eddie Nketiah on loan in January, reports claim.

The Arsenal youngster is currently on loan at Leeds, but is yet to start a Championship game under Marcelo Bielsa this season.

Eddie Nketiah’s only starts for Leeds have come in cup games so far

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Eddie Nketiah’s only starts for Leeds have come in cup games so far

Nketiah, who has scored four goals in nine games, is behind Patrick Bamford in the pecking order.

The Sun claim Arsenal could recall the striker in January and send him on loan to Bristol City, who tried to sign him in the summer, in order to improve his playing time.

The Robins are in need of firepower after losing on-loan Stoke forward Benik Afobe to a season-ending knee injury last month.

Nketiah, 20, could significantly strengthen Bristol City’s promotion push as Lee Johnson’s men sit sixth in the table after 11 games, below Leeds on goal difference.

Lee Johnson is a big fan of Eddie Nketiah

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Lee Johnson is a big fan of Eddie Nketiah

Leeds managing director Angus Kinnear appears confident of keeping Nketiah at Elland Road beyond January.

He told the Talking Shutt podcast: “It’s fairly standard in these contracts to have January recalls but the decision is based on how well the loan’s going so if the players are playing, and they’re playing well.

“They’re enjoying their football and they’re developing, which I think we can see evidence in both Ben (White) and Eddie’s case, then you’d be fairly confident that the recall wouldn’t be activated by the parent club.

“Eddie scores goals for fun. It’s a very competitive process to get that type of player, he’s very expensive for a loan, but he’s held in huge regard by Arsenal.

“I don’t think there’s a safer pair of hands to entrust him to than Marcelo.”

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