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Crystal Palace have ‘firm interest’ in signing Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah

Crystal Palace have a firm interest in signing Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah this month, according to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein.

Nketiah has been in and out of the starting line-up for the Gunners this season. He has still impressed with six goals and four assists from 26 appearances.

It was recently revealed that Palace failed with an enquiry for Nketiah and Ornstein has now acknowledged that they have a ‘firm interest’ in him.

The reputed journalist added that Arsenal have not indicated any desire to sell him this month, but Palace are expected to push hard if Nketiah is up for sale.

He said in a Q&A session by The Athletic: “A midfielder to replace Cheick Doucoure seems plausible, as does a striker.

They have a firm interest in Eddie Nketiah, but Arsenal have not indicated any desire to let him go. If that changes, I’d expect Palace to push hard.”

Nketiah is unlikely to leave Arsenal as things stand

Arsenal have been tipped to sign a marquee striker. Brentford’s Ivan Toney appears the priority target, but a deal could prove expensive during the current transfer window.

The Bees are eyeing close to £80 million which the Gunners seem unlikely to afford. With Financial Fair Play concerns, the club may not spend big this month.

The scenario could change in the coming weeks. Nketiah, who is valued at £30m by Transfermarkt, could be sold if Toney is available for a lesser transfer fee up front.

As things stand, Nketiah is going nowhere. The club graduate has shared his minutes with Gabriel Jesus this term and manager Mikel Arteta remains an admirer of his qualities.

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