By Matt Farr

Arsenal academy product Chuba Akpom is ready to pledge his allegiance to Nigeria, according to a reliable journalist.

Jack Pitt-Brooke, a reporter for the Independent, claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning that the Arsenal youngster was set to turn his back on the England national team and commit his future to Nigeria.

The 21-year-old has represented England’s youth sides on a regular basis, making appearances from the Under-16 side through to the Under-21s.

But he is expected to commit his future to the Nigeria national side after training with them ahead of their clash with Burkina Faso in Barnet on Monday.

Akpom is of Nigerian descent, and is still eligible to represent Nigeria at international level, despite having played for England’s youth sides.

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The exciting young Arsenal forward is currently on loan at Championship high-flyers Brighton until the end of the season, after struggling to break into the first-team setup at the Emirates.

He has featured just 10 times for Arsenal in all competitions since making his competitive debut in a 3-1 Premier League win over Sunderland in September 2013.

But he has spent much of his career out on loan in England’s lower leagues in a bid to earn regular first-team football, and has represented Brentford, Cardiff, Nottingham Forest and Hull, as well as Brighton.

He is expected to commit his future to Nigeria alongside Chelsea right-back Ola Aina, and will link up with current Arsenal and Nigeria regular, Alex Iwobi.

In other Arsenal news, the Gunners are plotting a move for this 56-time capped Euro star, £13million could seal the deal.

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