Arsenal youngster Akpom set to agree new contract

Arsenal are close to agreeing a new contract with young forward Chuba Akpom, whose current deal was set to expire at the end of the season, BBC Sport has reported.

The 19-year-old has appeared seven times for the Arsenal first team, four of which have come in 2015. Blessed with considerable pace, he has starred for the club’s U-21 side this season, having spent the second half of last season on loan in League One with Brentford and Coventry City.

As Akpom would have become a free agent in the summer, a number of clubs from the Premier League – including rivals Liverpool – and across Europe had been interested in signing him, but after talks with manager Arsene Wenger, he has agreed to stay at the club and the new contract as likely to be confirmed on Tuesday evening.

Wenger has been keen to see Akpom develop in the first team, and that is part of the reason behind his decision to allow three other strikers leave the club on loan in the January transfer window. Joel Campbell, Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo all left in favour of the teenager, who signed his first professional deal in 2013.

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