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Report: Exciting Arsenal striker poised for Championship loan

Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom is wanted by a host of Champions clubs, reports claim.

According to a report in the Mirror, exciting Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom could be about to join Championship promotion chasers Norwich City on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old striker came through the youth ranks with the Gunners and is highly rated by boss Arsene Wenger who handed him his Premier League debut this season.

Owing to the surplus of attacking options at the Emirates a loan move to the Championship would prove an astute decision by both club and player.

As per the reports, a host of clubs such as Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth are keen on his services but it appears Norwich City are ahead of the pack in terms of acquiring him until May.

“Norwich City lead the chase to sign Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom on loan for the rest of the season. Derby, Bournemouth, Ipswich and Forest are all keen but the Canaries are fancied to land the highly-rated hotshot,” the report states.

Would a move to Norwich City be good for Akpom?

After netting a number of goals for the reserves, the natural bridge between himself and a spot in the Gunners’ first-team squad is a successful stint on loan in a competitive league.

The Championship ranks as arguably the most competitive in England if not Europe, but the Emirates outfit will need to consider which team is likely to aid his development.

A number of loan stints in the second tier fail to work out due to the rather limited technical training and scrappy, direct matches prompting skilful players to be nullified.

Norwich City, Derby County and Bournemouth, however, are among those looking to play quick, intricate possession-based football and are ideal for young players to continue their progression.

The Canaries are bang in form, looking for an automatic promotion place and with main striker Lewis Grabban injured the Gunners youngster would certainly be an ideal short-term replacement.

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