We will know by Wednesday which club has won the race to sign Eddie Nketiah on loan from Arsenal – with Sheffield Wednesday down to the final four options alongside Aston Villa, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest, reports The Daily Mail.

A similar claim was made by The Athletic  a week ago, however, Aston Villa were not understood to be in the running back then.

And the Villans’ ability to offer regular Premier League football, with no senior striker available, poses a significant threat to the hopes of Wednesday, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest.

The Owls looked to have a strong case, having often played with two centre forwards this season, while their manager Garry Monk boasts an impressive record of improving players’ goal returns – with Chris Wood (Leeds), Che Adams (Birmingham City) and Steven Fletcher (Wednesday) all notable examples of his success.

The Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham. (Photo by Richard Calver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Yorkshire side have since been strongly linked with a move for the Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham.

It remains unclear, however, if Sheffield Wednesday are eyeing deals for Nketiah and Wickham or one or the other.

Wednesday (sixth), Bristol City (ninth) and Nottingham Forest (fifth) are all in contention to join – or even replace – Aston Villa in the Premier League next season.

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