Freedman: Why Arsenal loaned Akpom to Nottingham Forest, despite bigger offers

Chuba Akpom

The Forest boss says other clubs were going to pay more for the 19-year-old but the Gunners saw the benefits of choosing his side instead.

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman believes a 'fantastic' Arsenal chose his side as Chuba Akpom's loan destination due to the game time they could afford the teenage striker, according to the club's official website.

Akpom joined Forest on loan until the end of the season towards the end of March, with both the City Ground outfit and his parent club no doubt hoping he can find goals galore to aid his development during the spell.

Arsenal, though, had bigger offers from other clubs, says Freedman, and allowed the 19-year-old to move to Nottingham Forest for 'a lot less.'

That, the manager says, is because of the game time Akpom will be able to enjoy at Forest and could, in turn, help the Championship side make even more signings next term if the move goes as planned.

Freedman told Forest Player: “Arsenal were fantastic in this. They gave us a player for a lot less money than other teams were going to pay because of the game time we could give him and, hopefully, my experience of developing younger players at previous clubs helped along the way.

“If it does work out, it will give us an advantage next season in getting players. Other managers might say ‘it’s not a bad club to send them to - a big stadium, a well-supported team with a manager that likes to coach and develop.’”

Nottingham Forest have been in impressive form since Freedman replaced Stuart Pearce as boss at the City Ground and are only 10 points off the play-off places.

Next up for Forest are Wolves on Friday afternoon, while Arsenal host Liverpool in the Premier League during Saturday's early kick-off.

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