Nottingham Forest have announced that they have won the fiercely-contested race to sign Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom on loan.
Several Championship clubs, including Norwich City, were also interested in signing the 19-year-old before this evening’s loan transfer deadline, but Akpom has elected to join Forest, who are currently in ninth place in England’s second tier. Dougie Freedman’s side also have Arsenal academy products Henri Lansbury and Josh Rees on their books.
Akpom, who had spells in League One last season with Brentford and Coventry City, will be looking to score his first senior goal during his time at the City Ground, and is likely to make his debut for his new side against Wolverhampton Wanderers after the international break, when he could face fellow Hale End graduate Benik Afobe.
Before then Akpom is set to represent England U20s against the United States on Sunday. Last night the striker won and scored a penalty at that level in the 1-1 draw with Mexico at The Hive.
Akpom took to Twitter to express his delight at the move, with the youngster set to add to his experience of professional football before returning to North London in the summer.
Forest have been seeking additional firepower up front since losing Britt Assombalonga to a serious injury. They tend to deploy a 4-3-3 system with one central striker, but Akpom is capable of operating out wide if required.
Dexter Blackstock is currently Forest’s first-choice centre-forward, whilst Matty Fryatt is another player who Akpom will have to compete with.
Meanwhile, midfielder Jack Jebb has re-joined Stevenage on loan until the end of the season. Jebb featured five times for Graham Westley’s team during his initial spell at the club earlier this campaign before returning to Arsenal after sustaining a serious injury.
The 19-year-old has impressed since recovering from his spell on the sidelines, however, with the youngster catching the eye in the recent U21 game against Blackburn Rovers, and he will be available to feature in the League Two play-offs should Stevenage finish in the top seven.