Bristol City have made preliminary moves to prise Eddie Nketiah from Leeds United in January, Football Insider has learned.
Lee Johnson’s side are in the market for a striker and are keen to take advantage of Nketiah’s lack of game time in the first half of the season.
A City source has told Football Insider that the club have been in contact to register their interest in Nketiah and are ready to “roll out the red carptet” to get him in the winter window.
Johnson is willing to offer Arsenal the reassurances they want that the England Under-21 international will be guaranteed a regular starting role and the source explained City will “roll out the red carpet” to get him.
A first choice role is something that’s been denied him at Leeds, where Nketiah has been used exclusively as a substitute in the Championship and is still waiting for his first start in a white shirt in the competition.
Johnson’s fifth-placed side tried to sign Nketiah in the summer but were beaten to his signature by Leeds as they agreed a season-long loan with the Premier League giants shortly before the window shut.
However, Arsenal can activate a mid-season recall clause if he has not played a stipulated number of minutes, and they believe the forward’s development is best served by being in a team where he is getting regular senior matches.
Nketiah subsequently made his return to the team on Saturday after missing four matches through injury.
He was granted 11 minutues as a substitute as Leeds hammered Middlesbrough 4-0, his 11th appearance off the bench this season.
His total of 441 minutes of first-team action for United this season has yielded five goals in all competitions, including two strikes in his only two starts, both of which came in the League Cup.
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