By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United have ambushed Bristol City in a last-gasp bid to secure the loan signing of Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah, Football Insider understands.
Lee Johnson’s side have spent recent weeks laying the groundwork for the temporary capture of the England Under-21 international and have held extensive talks with the Premier League giants over the deal.
But Leeds have made a late-window swoop for Nketiah, 20, and a club source has told Football Insider that they are willing to pay a multi-million fee to Arsenal to push the deal over the finish line.
United’s director of football Victor Orta is leading the pursuit while the club simultaneously try to sign Ryan Kent from Liverpool on a permanent deal.
As revealed by Football Insider earlier today, Leeds have tabled a bid of £7million including add-ons for the 22-year-old, while the Merseyside giants hold out for £10million.
Nketiah will be far cheaper but Arsenal won’t let him go without his temporary employers paying a considerable chunk of his salary as well as a significant loan fee.
Bristol City had hoped they had done enough to convince the Londoners and Nketiah’s camp, but the ambush from Leeds could swing the deal their way.
The striker has scored three goals in 19 matches for the Gunners after netting prolifically for the club’s Under-23s, Under-18s and various age-group sides.
He is regarded as one of Arsenal outstanding young players and capable of establishing himself in their first team in the future.
In other Leeds United news, Marcelo Bielsa is freezing out senior outfield international and wants him gone this month.