The Mirror understands that a trio of Football League clubs are hoping to sign Chuks Aneke, a former Arsenal prospect, now plying his trade in the Belgian top flight with Zulte Waregem. Bristol City, Ipswich Town and Wigan Athletic are all hoping to add the talented attacking midfielder to their squads before the transfer window closes on Monday.
The London-born 22-year-old has been a regular in the Zulte Waregem side since signing on a permanent deal in June 2014, following his release from Arsenal. He is showing similar signs to the form he showed during an impressive loan spell at Crewe Alexandra over two spells.
The Belgian side are performing well in the Belgian Pro League so far this season, sitting proudly in 5th place after 23 games, meaning they are on course to challenge for European qualification. However they are now looking to cut down their squad after coming into some financial difficulties and Aneke is certainly a player that could attract a decent price.
Bristol City are clearly making a move this month to try and pull away from the relegation zone and improve their squad. In addition to Alex Pearce and Ben Gladwin joining on loan from Derby County and Queens Park Rangers respectively, today they pulled off a coup to bring Lee Tomlin into the club. Interim head coach John Pemberton remains in charge for now, but signing new players now would give any prosperous new manager a decent squad to walk into.
Mick McCarthy has recently said that he doesn’t plan on being too busy in this transfer window. He has added free agent Kevin Foley to cover for the departure to Jonathan Parr. Today, first-choice keeper Dean Gerken has been ruled out for a month, so he may look to cover for that. However hearing that he could sign Aneke for a decent price could tempt him back into the market.
Wigan Athletic are also looking to seal an immediate return to the Championship at the first attempt under Gary Caldwell. They are situation inside the League One play-off places, but are harbouring ambitious are gaining automatic promotion. Aneke being proven in the lower leagues, based on his time with Crewe, will be another major plus to signing the talented forward.