By Pranav Shahaney

24th Nov, 2021 | 10:10pm

Leeds United move for Arsenal attacker Eddie Nketiah would be complicated

Leeds United will have to shell out astronomical transfer fees to sign Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal in January, according to Beren Cross.

In a recent report by TMW, it was claimed that the Whites have made contact over a potential move to re-sign Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah in January.

However, Patrick Bamford is expected to be the first choice for the short-term future, so Nketiah could have to settle for a place on the bench, much like he did during his loan spell at Elland Road.

In his LeedsLive Q&A, Cross wrote, “As much as Leeds fans have a soft spot for him and he knows Bielsa’s system better than most outsiders, the numbers involved would still be massive for a striker like Nketiah.

“If Arsenal are looking to sell him before losing him for nothing in the summer, they’re still going to be looking for well over £15million because he’s a young English talent.

“The wages would not be small either and, at the end of the day, when everyone is fit, he’s not going to play ahead of Bamford.”

Makes very little sense

For the valuation Cross mentioned above, it makes very little sense for the Whites to make a move for Nketiah.

They certainly would like a backup for Bamford, but paying that much for a player who’s not versatile enough is a big ask.

He does understand Bielsa’s system well and could slot in perfectly, but he may not be willing to be a second choice again.

Add to that, he’s unlikely to demand low wages, which could make Victor Orta ponder as to whether or not he’s the right addition in January.

Leeds usually do not like to do business in January and would make an exception only if someone who would otherwise not be available, suddenly is up for grabs.

As for Nketiah, signing him for free when his contract expires is something that can be considered, but an eight-figure fee puts him out of Leeds’ price range.

In other Leeds United news, the club are tracking a contract rebel who they are keen on signing in January