‘Long-term interest’ – Journalist drops big Crystal Palace transfer request over record ace
Journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira has a “long-term interest” in Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah amid ties to Selhurst Park.
Nketiah has entered the final six months of his Â£ 45,000-per-week contract at Emirates Stadium, meaning the current transfer window is the Gunners’ last chance to cash in on their academy product.
What’s the latest news on Nketiah?
The Sun revealed that Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion are keen to strike a deal that will keep Nketiah in the Premier League.
Report suggests Eagles boss Vieira is keen to host yet another striker at Selhurst Park before the transfer window is abruptly closed, while Brighton wants the 22-year-old to allow compatriot Aaron Connolly to join the squad Championship Middlesbrough on loan until the end. of the season.
However, there also appears to be interest from overseas as Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen have opened talks on a pre-contractual deal that would see Nketiah travel to Germany with a free transfer in July.
Arsenal revealed ahead of the opening of the transfer window last summer that they were ready to sell Nketiah.
This led Vieira to wish to host the striker at Selhurst Park, but he opted to sign Odsonne Edouard from Celtic on deadline day after refusing to meet the Gunners’ Â£ 20million price tag.
What did Pete O’Rourke say about Nketiah?
O’Rourke is not surprised that Palace remains interested in Nketiah as Vieira wants to secure his services soon after his summer appointment.
However, the reporter is not sure if the Eagles boss will be successful in his pursuit of the forward as he is not the only admirer.
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O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: âThere are other clubs interested in Nketiah.
“People like Brighton were mentioned, but Crystal Palace has a long-term interest in Nketiah. They tried to get it this summer but it ultimately didn’t happen.”
Why is Palace interested in Nketiah?
Palace have scored 15 more Premier League goals than eighth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers, so they clearly know where the back of the net is.
But Nketiah would add even more firepower because, despite being early in his career, the 17-cap England Under-21 international has already been prolific.
He broke the record to become England’s all-time Under-21 scorer, having his name on the scoresheet 16 times, as he netted a hat-trick in the 5-1 d game. ‘Arsenal in the Carabao Cup against Sunderland last month.
Although he saw his limited opportunities with his current employers this season, Nketiah started the weekend after scoring five goals.
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