Ajayi joins Cardiff on loan, with other deals likely

The loan transfer window closes tomorrow afternoon and today another Arsenal youngster has headed out on temporary transfer, with Semi Ajayi set to spend the remainder of the season with Championship side Cardiff City.

The centre-back, who has been capped by Nigeria at youth level, is scheduled to leave Arsenal on a permanent basis in the summer, with his contract unlikely to be renewed. If he impresses during this loan spell then Ajayi could seal a permanent move to Cardiff City, with whom he has already had a successful trial period.

Ajayi was a mainstay of Arsenal U21 team last season after joining from Charlton Athletic, but, despite being named on the bench for the first-team in the Premier League and the Capital One Cup this season, he hasn’t done enough to be granted an extended stay in North London and also spent time on trial with Sunderland and Ipswich Town.

Ajayi’s move takes the current number of Arsenal loanees to ten (Emiliano Martinez, Joel Campbell, Carl Jenkinson, Lukas Podolski, Ryo, Yaya Sanogo, Wellington, Josh Vickers and Jon Toral are the others) and further youngsters could yet go on loan before tomorrow’s deadline.

Chuba Akpom, who is set to represent England U20s against Mexico tonight, had previously been linked with a temporary switch to either Norwich City or Nottingham Forest, whilst several other Championship clubs are also chasing the striker’s signature.

A deal could still materialise before tomorrow night. Midfielder Jack Jebb could also go on loan again.

Serge Gnabry, however, is likely to remain with Arsenal for the time being, with the winger currently attempting to get over his fitness problems by representing Germany’s U21 side this week.


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