The future of former Leeds United loanee Eddie Nketiah is up in the air as Arsenal struggle to raise the funds needed to reshape Mikel Arteta’s squad.
The striker, 21, is out of contract in 18 months and has been linked in recent days with a January loan or, more surprisingly, a £20million transfer.
Could a return to Leeds be on the cards for a player who spent the first half of last season on loan at Elland Road?
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Leeds are not looking to sign Nketiah on a permanent deal as Marcelo Bielsa is happy with his attacking options.
A second loan move is potentially more feasible but such a deal is not a priority for United at this stage.
Nketiah does, however, have plenty of admirers tracking him this month and the reported interest of West Ham is genuine.
In an interview with Alan Shearer in the Athletic published last month, the player himself spoke glowingly of his half-season on loan at Leeds.
He surprisingly revealed he had a “wonderful time” at the-then Championship team despite being a sub most of the time and he returned to “to Arsenal the fittest I’ve ever been and that shows in the way Leeds play”.
Nketiah has made 20 appearances for Arsenal this season and clocked up 1014 minutes of action in all competitions.
But he has started just three Premier League matches and his haul includes fives goals, one apiece in the league and EFL Cup, and three in the Europa League.
Ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes that it is in the young forward’s best interests to go on loan for the second half of the campaign.
”Nketiah has a knack for goals but I think Nketiah needs to go out on loan for another season, playing back-to- back games to get that confidence in his own body,” Campbell told Football Insider.
“Coming off the bench and playing sparingly is okay but there is nothing better than getting a run of starts to understand that you can do it at the top level.”