By Amir Mir
Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has made a loan move to Brighton, it was announced on Monday night.
The Championship club’s official website confirmed that the 21-year-old Gunners forward has made the switch from the Premier League to the second tier until the end of the season.
The Mail previously claimed that the young forward was one of two strikers Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce wanted before Tuesday’s transfer window cut-off point.
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Akpom worked under Bruce most recently as last season when the duo helped Hull earn promotion to the top flight via the play-offs.
Now, he has joined Chris Hughton’s side, who are aiming to secure their own promotion as they currently sit top of the Championship table.
The Seagulls are currently on 60 points from their 27 games, having won 18 matches this season and lost only three.
They are two points ahead of Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle, but most importantly, Hughton’s team are eight points clear of third-placed Reading.
Football Insider verdict:
Villa should not be too fussed about losing out on the signature of Akpom as he is a player who is still in the development stage of his career. Even last season, during Hull’s promotion charge, he only scored seven goals in 41 games, a goal tally that Villa don’t need at this moment in time. What they require is an experienced forward who can score goals and link up well with star man Jonathan Kodjia. Bruce’s side are already behind the eight ball and are playing catch up to their rivals in the race for promotion. With Ghanian forward Jordan Ayew set to depart the club, someone like Scott Hogan would be an ideal fit for Villa for the remainder of the campaign.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the pursuit for this striker has taken another twist after a £9million bid was made.