Leeds United have been handed a boost in their race to retain on-loan striker Eddie Nketiah with the news that Bristol City are on the verge of signing Spanish striker Rodri according to Football Insider.
We reported yesterday that the Robins were interested in signing Nketiah in January should he become available with suggestions that Arsenal were becoming concerned over his lack of playing time with the Yorkshire side.
Nketiah is yet to start a Championship game for Leeds with many fans calling for his introduction with these opinions becoming stronger following his hatrick for the England Under 21’s last night against Austria.
However, with Rodri now in advanced discussions with Lee Johnson’s side it appears that this transfer would effectively end their interest in Nketiah should Arsenal opt to trigger his release clause in January.
The South-West outfit do not have the funds to also afford the £35,000-a-week wages of the England Under-21 striker.
Nketiah has been a substitute in seven of Leeds’ last eight Championship matches but his only two starts for the club have come in the League Cup.
Bristol City were also interested in the youngster in the summer before Leeds won the race for him and instead opted to sign Benik Afobe on loan from Stoke who has subsequently been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
The Championship club are now wrapping up the signing of former Spain Under-21 international striker Rodri as a replacement for Afobe.
Rodri is expected to sign a deal which will run until the end of the season with his medical having taken place yesterday.