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Middlesbrough Signs Chuba Akpom In £2.75m Deal From Greek Club, PAOK

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Frankie Omokhua  

Middlesbrough has completed the signing of former Arsenal striker, Chuba Akpom, for £2.75million.

The 24-year-old Nigerian-born player joins from Greek club PAOK, where he scored 18 goals in two seasons and won the league and cup double in 2019.

Akpom, who has signed a three-year contract, with the option of a further year, is Boro’s fourth summer signing after Sam Morsy, Marcus Bettinelli and Grant Hall.

He will be at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday to watch his new team play Bournemouth in the Championship.

“I’m delighted to finally have got him”, said Boro manager, Neil Warnock, who will coach his side against Bournemouth via Zoom following a positive Covid-19 test.

“He’s been my No 1 choice. I’ve wanted him for a long time. I’d like to give a big thanks to [chief executive] Neil Bausor for getting it done”.

“I told him what we were doing at the club and right from day one he wanted to come and I’m delighted”.

Akpom joined Arsenal at the age of six and worked his way through their youth ranks.

He made 12 first-team appearances for the Gunners in all amid a succession of loan spells at Brentford, Coventry, Nottingham Forest, Hull, Brighton and Sint-Truiden.

Arsenal sold Akpom, who represented England up to U-21 level, to PAOK in August 2018.

He played a key role in their first Greek Super League title win in 34 years and scored the only goal in their cup final win over AEK Athens.

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