Middlesborough has completed the signing of striker Chuba Akpom for an undisclosed fee.
The former Arsenal youngster joins from PAOK, where he has made a huge impression in the Greek Super League. The 24-year-old has scored 18 goals during his two years at the club and after firing them to an unlikely title success in 2019 – they started the season with a seven-point deduction – he leaves them on the brink of the Champions League Group stages. Despite his young years, the striker brings plenty of experience to Boro and he has already tasted successful championship promotion winning campaigns with Hull City and Brighton during loan spells from Arsenal. Having cut his teeth at the Gunners Academy, making his Premier League debut as a 17-year-old, he has represented England at all youth levels. Boro boss Neil Warnock had spoke of excitement earlier in the week when he revealed that the club were closing in on his main striking target, and Akpom completed the move on Saturday morning. “I’m delighted to finally have got him,” said the boss. “He’s been my number one choice. I’ve wanted him for a long time. I’d like to give a big thanks to Neil Bausor for getting it done. “I told him what we were doing at the club, and right from day one, he wanted to come, and I’m delighted.” Warnock had spoken with the player about his aims and hopes for the club, and Akpom was delighted to complete the formalities and sign a three-year contract with an option of a further year. Akpom joins Sam Morsy, Marcus Bettinelli, and Grant Hall in joining the Boro as Warnock looks to shape his squad. The striker will be at the Riverside on Saturday to watch his new team-mates in action against Bournemouth.