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Chuks Aneke has held talks with Crewe Alexandra concerning a permanent deal, following his release from Arsenal.

The striker was Crewe Alexandra's top scorer last season, scoring 17 goals in League One, and head coach Steve Davis has announced to the official Crewe website that he has held talks with the player and his representatives about the possibility of the 20-year old joining the club on a full-time basis.

Usually deployed as an attacking midfielder, a return of 17 goals is vastly impressive, whilst he is also highly regarded for his playmaking abilities. Despite not being the fastest, his precise passing and upper body strength have drawn comparisons with Manchester City star Yaya Toure.

Following his second successive season at Crewe, Aneke was released by Arsenal, and Davis is aware that he will be fighting larger clubs for his signature.

Speaking to the website, Davis said: “I have spoken to Chuks and I am sure he and his agent will have a number of options to consider.

“We would like him and he knows he will continue to get his opportunities here. He will be patient and take his time. He is out of contract and will weigh up what is on offer.

“His agent is intelligent enough to know that Chuks will have to go to a certain club to fit his style of play. I am sure they will come to the right decision but we will have to wait and see what materialises.”

It would represent a good move on the part of the player, with a club and league that he knows allowing him to impress. Many Arsenal fans consider the release of Aneke a mistake, and signing his talents to Crewe will allow him to prove the Gunners' hierarchy wrong - whilst potentially impressing enough to secure a return to the Premier League.

Fulham, Charlton Athletic and Millwall have all reportedly expressed an interest in the midfielder - who has represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 level - and although a move to the Championship may tempt the player, he would not be guaranteed a starting role - whereas he is with Crewe's first-team.

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