Middlesbrough sign Chuba Akpom in £2.75m deal as ex-Arsenal striker joins from Greek club PAOK after helping them win 2019 league and cup double
- Akpom signs for Championship club on three-year deal with extension option
- 24-year-old returns to England after two season with Greek club PAOK
- He helped them win a surprise Super League and Cup double in 2018-19
- Akpom was Neil Warnock’s principal transfer target for the summer window
Middlesbrough have completed the signing of former Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom for £2.75million.
The 24-year-old joins from Greek club PAOK, where he scored 18 goals across his two seasons there and won the league and cup double in 2019.
Akpom has signed a three-year contract, with the option of a further year, and is Boro’s fourth summer signing after Sam Morsy, Marcus Bettinelli and Grant Hall.
Middlesbrough have completed the signing of former Arsenal forward Akpom from £2.75m
Akpom played for PAOK in a Champions League qualifier against Besiktas last month
He will be at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday to watch his new team play Bournemouth in the Championship.
‘I’m delighted to finally have got him,’ said Boro manager Neil Warnock, who will coach his side against Bournemouth via Zoom following a positive Covid-19 test.
‘He’s been my No 1 choice. I’ve wanted him for a long time. I’d like to give a big thanks to [chief executive] 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 spent two seasons with PAOK in Greece, helping them win a league and cup double
The forward previously played for Arsenal, making 12 appearances for the Gunners’ first team
London-born Akpom joined Arsenal at the age of six and worked his way through their youth ranks.
He made 12 first-team appearances for the Gunners in all amid a succession of loan spells at Brentford, Coventry, Nottingham Forest, Hull, Brighton and Sint-Truiden.
Arsenal sold Akpom, who represented England up to under-21 level, to PAOK in August 2018.
He played a key role in their first Greek Super League title win in 34 years and scored the only goal in their cup final win over AEK Athens.