Report: Arsenal striker picking new club in 48 hours, Aston Villa could sign him

Leeds United's Edward Nketiah and West Bromwich Albion's Semi Ajayi during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on January 1, 2020...

Aston Villa are reportedly in the mix for Eddie Nketiah.

Leeds United's Edward Nketiah and West Bromwich Albion's Semi Ajayi during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on January 1, 2020...

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah will pick between four clubs as he plots his next move – and Aston Villa are one of the options.

It's claimed that three Championship sides – Bristol City, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday – are all in the mix, having made pitches to Arsenal for Nketiah's signature.

Intriguingly though, Villa are also one of the clubs Nketiah is picking from, meaning they're the only side prepared to give Nketiah some Premier League football.

 

A decision is allegedly coming in the next 48 hours, with Nketiah having to pick between a return to the Championship or a more risky move to the Premier League.

Villa do need a striker after Wesley's injury, but it's a surprise to see them go with the smaller, quicker option in Nketiah rather than another target man like Wesley.

Nketiah hit five goals in 19 games on loan at Leeds, but was only given four starts in all competitions, prompting Arsenal to recall him earlier this month.

Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United reacts  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Preston North End at Elland Road on December 26, 2019 in Leeds, England.

The 20-year-old needs to make sure he's playing between now and the summer, and Bristol City seems like the safest bet in that regard given their lack of striking options and the length of their pursuit for the Arsenal teenager.

Villa may be able to offer playing time with Wesley's injury, and it's an interesting move given that this would be their final Premier League loan spot used up after the deal for Danny Drinkwater last week.

Eddie Nketiah of England scores a goal to make it 5-1 during the UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifier between England and Austria at Stadium MK on October 15, 2019 in Milton Keynes,...

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