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Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun needs a loan move in January, with Middlesbrough and West Ham United both thought to be keen.

The Gunners have high hopes for Balogun and gave him a new contract to stay at the Emirates Stadium last summer.

The problem for Balogun is that he is stuck playing in Premier League 2 right now.

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With 10 goals and two assists in eight games for Arsenal’s Under-23’s, Balogun simply needs testing at a higher level.

Balogun has only played twice in the Premier League this season and not at all since the end of the summer transfer window.

It’s becoming clear that Arsenal need to send Balogun out on loan for first-team exposure.

The Mirror claim that West Ham United and Middlesbrough both fancy signing Balogun on loan in January having been scouted by David Moyes and Chris Wilder.

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Balogun may face a decision on his loan destination come January, but Middlesbrough fans seemingly think it’s a foregone conclusion.

Boro supporters have taken to Twitter to state that Balogun will clearly join West Ham, especially as he wouldn’t have to leave London.

Some think that Balogun would be an unbelievable signing for Middlesbrough, but just don’t think they can compete against West Ham.

Middlesbrough fans celebrate at full time (REUTERS)

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