By Kevin Campbell

15th Dec, 2020 | 8:00pm

'Leeds Would Love To Sign Him' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to Sky's Arsenal loan reveal

Leeds United “would love” to sign Arsenal defender William Saliba on loan in January.

That is according to former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the prospect of the 19-year-old departing the Emirates next month.

Sky Sports revealed today that the centre-half will be allowed to leave the club on a temporary basis when the transfer window reopens to gain regular first-team football.

Saliba is yet to make a senior appearance for Mikel Arteta’s side since returning from last season’s loan spell at St Etienne, the club he joined Arsenal from for a fee of £27million in July 2019.

The France Under-20 international was left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad in October, Arteta admitting that it was a “hurtful” decision.

When asked by Football Insider where he could see Saliba moving to in January,

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“Saliba would either go to a Premier League team or a top Championship club.

“I will be honest with you, I want to see him stay at Arsenal this season. I do not want him going out on loan.

“But if he was to leave on loan I think Leeds would love to take him and we might just be pleasantly surprised as to how he performs.”

Leeds United have been rocked by injuries to senior centre-halves Diego Llorente and Robin Koch this month while Gaetano Berardi remains a long-term absentee.

Marcelo Bielsa suggested last week that the club were not looking to address this problem in the transfer market despite being forced to play right-back Luke Ayling as a centre-half against West Ham.

In other news, Leeds United tipped to sign a forward in January amid fears over Patrick Bamford.