Bristol City are ready to make a move for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah if he is recalled from his loan at Leeds United, according to The Sun.
The Whites pipped Bristol City to Nketiah’s signature on transfer deadline day over the summer, but the striker has seen his game time limited at Elland Road so far as he is yet to make a league start in the Championship.
This has led to reports that Nketiah’s parent club Arsenal are considering exercising their right to recall Nketiah in January, and the Robins are thought to be ready to swoop for the 20-year-old if he becomes available.
City completed the loan signing of Stoke striker Benik Afobe following their failure to land Nketiah, but the Congo international suffered a season-ending injury back in September to leave Lee Johnson short of attacking options.
He currently has the likes of Andreas Weimann, Antoine Semenyo and Famara Diedhiou within his side, but it is thought he could now make another attempt to sign Nketiah in order to bolster his side’s attacking ranks beyond January.
Nketiah would undoubtedly need to be one of Bristol City’s first-choice strikers if he does make the move to Ashton Gate, but there is also a current Robin who has been vying for that very same title in recent weeks.
Diedhiou has found a regular starting place harder to come by this term after leading the line for much of last season, but the 26-year-old has staked his claim for an attacking spot alongside Weimann in recent weeks.
The Senegal international has now scored crucial goals in two of his last three starts for the Robins, with the most recent of these coming in the 1-0 victory over Reading just before the international break.
Diedhiou was then on target for his country against Brazil last week which suggests he is starting to find a rich vein of form at the perfect time for Bristol City, who are in need of strong options in attack.
It is now down to Diedhiou to maintain his goalscoring run if Johnson decides to start him against Luton after the international break, as the striker will be wanting to prove his credentials to be the Robins’ starting striker ahead of the January window.
If the Nketiah deal is eventually secured, Diedhiou will not want to make it easy for the Arsenal man to oust him from the side. The time is now for the City striker to cement his place in the side with this transfer speculation mounting.