Aston Villa could scupper Nottingham Forest’s plans to sign Eddie Nketiah on loan from Arsenal this month.
The Villans have declared their interest in the 20-year-old as they look for a striker to replace the injured Wesley (Daily Mirror).
Forest had reportedly reached the final three clubs selected by Arsenal for the striker to choose from. Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday were the other two parties keen to take Nketiah.
Villa’s interest could see Arsenal hang fire, however, with the chance for him to play top-flight football likely to be of interest.
Nketiah has returned from a six-month stint at Leeds United. He started just two games for the Whites, with 15 more appearances coming off the bench. He scored three goals in the Championship.
Forest are desperate to add some more firepower to their squad. Lewis Grabban has scored 14 goals this season but second on the list of top scorers is Joe Lolley with just five strikes to his name.
Some competition is required upfront and the club is working tirelessly to add to the ranks.
Boss Sabri Lamouchi has made no secret of his desire to sign another striker, with several targets identified.
Nottingham Forest News View – Missing out on Nketiah might not be such a bad thing
The Arsenal striker didn’t play at Leeds and that led to a recall option being activated. Nketiah couldn’t oust Patrick Bamford from the team and the same could happen with Lewis Grabban at Forest.
Whoever does sign to add competition to the striking department at Forest needs to have something different to the 14-goal hitman.
Nketiah is a similar player and that does feel a little bit counterproductive.
Glenn Murray is another linked player and that makes more sense. Whilst Grabban is busy and lethal in the penalty area, the Brighton man is great in the air and can hold the ball up.
Nketiah is quality but perhaps Aston Villa signing him wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.