Simon Grayson has confirmed that he would be interested in striking a long-term deal with Sanchez Watt next summer if the Arsenal winger is made available for a permanent transfer.
Watt is almost six months into a season-long loan at Elland Road and is in line to play against his parent club in tonight's FA Cup third-round replay in Leeds, and Grayson will be among the managers with an interest in his future when the season concludes in early May.
The 19-year-old – a product of Arsenal's academy – admitted over the weekend that he was still held the ambition of establishing himself as a first-team player at the Emirates Stadium.
But fierce competition under Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could force him to seek other opportunities.
Grayson said: "He's playing for his own future, wherever that might be. He's here until the end of the season and I'd think that ideally he'd
like to make it at Arsenal.
"But they've got some fantastic players and if he can't make it at
Arsenal then hopefully there'll be an opportunity to come to us."
Wenger granted Watt permission to play against them in the initial
third-round tie between Arsenal and Leeds at the Emirates Stadium, and he is available to feature again tonight, five days after scoring his first senior league goal in a 4-0 win over Scunthorpe United.
Grayson said: "He's done well for us and he deserves to be in the team on merit. It'll be strange for him if he scores against Arsenal but I hope he does."