Arsenal: Crystal Palace's Eddie Nketiah bid rejected as Patrick Vieira and co fail with third offer

Arsenal reject a THIRD Crystal Palace bid for Eddie Nketiah after Patrick Vieira’s side failed with an offer both earlier this month AND back in the summer… with Bayer Leverkusen also eyeing a free move for the out-of-contract striker

  • Crystal Palace have seen a third bid for Eddie Nketiah rejected by Arsenal
  • The Eagles have previously tried to sign him last summer and earlier this month
  • Nketiah’s Gunners deal is up this summer and he recently snubbed an extension
  • Bayer Leverkusen are also understood to be monitoring the striker’s availability 


Arsenal have reportedly turned down a third bid from Crystal Palace for out-of-contract striker Eddie Nketiah.

Nketiah, 22, is set to become a free agent in the summer with his current Gunners deal up at the end of June.

The north London club are keen to tie their academy graduate down to an extension, but he rejected their latest offer last month.

As a result, he became eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club at the turn of the year, with Bayer Leverkusen understood to be circling.

Arsenal have reportedly turned down a third bid from Crystal Palace for Eddie Nketiah

Arsenal have reportedly turned down a third bid from Crystal Palace for Eddie Nketiah

Palace are also keen to get their hands on Nketiah, who scored five goals on Arsenal’s run to the Carabao Cup semi-finals this season, and had already failed with two bids.

Now Sky Sports are reporting that Selhurst Park chiefs have seen another offer rejected by Arsenal, who are clearly refusing to give up hope of keeping the youngster.

Palace made their opening bid last summer, before coming back in with another approach earlier this month.

And they will now have to put a fourth offer on the table in order to prise Nketiah away from the Emirates before Monday’s transfer deadline.

Patrick Vieira's side had already failed with an offer earlier this month and back in the summer

Patrick Vieira’s side had already failed with an offer earlier this month and back in the summer

Nketiah has not been afforded a Premier League start at the Emirates so far this season

Nketiah has not been afforded a Premier League start at the Emirates so far this season

The south east London side could face competition from Newcastle, who are also believed to be eyeing a move.

Nketiah has made 75 appearances for Arsenal since making his senior debut in 2017, but Mikel Arteta is yet to start him in the Premier League this season.

Despite his reluctance to give him the nod, Arteta insists he wants the striker to pen a contract extension as he remains in his plans.

‘I’ve already spoken about Eddie, how I feel about him, the intentions of the club,’ the Arsenal manager said this month. 

‘He’s with us and every day he shows me that he wants to stay with us.’

source: dailymail.co.uk