By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United have agreed to pay the entirety of Eddie Nketiah’s wages as well as a significant loan fee to sign him from Arsenal, Football Insider understands.
United completed the deadline-day capture of the striker, 20, after reaching an agreement for him to join from the Premier League giants on a season-long loan.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the loan fee for Nketiah is more than £2million and the club will also pay his £35,000-a-week Gunners salary for the 2018-19 campaign.
It amounts to a hugely significant outlay for United in a summer in which they did not spend a single transfer fee on a player and sold a handful of senior stars for major fees.
Football Insider reported at the start of the week that United had made their move for the striker after Bristol City had spent weeks laying the groundwork for a season-long loan.
Nketiah has a reputation as one of the best young attacking players in England and one capable of being a Gunners regular in years to come.
He has already played 19 times for the Arsenal first team, scoring three goals, and has been capped by England at Under-21 level.
He has also scored at a rate of around a goal for the club’s Under-23s, Under-18s and various age-group sides.
Leeds completed the capture of the rising star in the final hour of on deadline day, two days after selling Kemar Roofe to Anderlecht for around £6million.
United have also sold Pontus Jansson, Jack Clarke, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Mallik Wilks for £1million-plus fees this summer.
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