Middlesbrough sign former Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom for undisclosed fee

SOUGHT-AFTER striker Chuba Akpom has joined Neil Warnock's Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee from Greek Super League side PAOK Thessaloniki.

NEW SIGNING: Chuba Akpom has joined Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee. Picture: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images.

The former Arsenal youngster helped to fire PAOK to the Greek Super League title in 2019 and leaves the club with them on the brink of the Champions League group stages.

He scored 18 goals in 79 games for the Greek club and also notched 10 assists during his two years at PAOK.

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He impressed during his time in the Arsenal youth set-up, scoring 33 goals in 50 games for the club's Under-23s and has 12 senior appearances to his name with the Gunners, after making his Premier League debut at 17 years of age.

Akpom has also had spells at Hull City, Brighton and Hove Albion and Nottingham Forest and has represented England at all youth levels.

"I'm delighted to finally have got him," said Boro manager Warnock.

"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."

Akpom will be at the Riverside Stadium this afternoon as Middlesbrough host Bournemouth in their latest Championship fixture.

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