Chuba Akpom joins Brighton

Championship promotion-chasers Brighton have signed Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom on loan until the end of the campaign.

The striker from east Londoner scored seven goals in 41 appearances on loan at Hull City last season, helping them to promotion to the Premier League.

But he has only played once for Arsenal this term, a 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup in September.

The 21-year-old striker has enjoyed loan spells at Brentford, Coventry and Nottingham Forest in his fledgling career and helped Hull to promotion back to the Premier League last season, scoring seven goals in 22 starts.

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton told the club’s official website, “As soon as we allowed Elvis Manu to go out on loan we knew we wanted to add to the forward area, so we are delighted to bring in someone of Chuba’s calibre.

“He is a young talent who gained valuable experience with Hull in the Championship last season, will give us really good pace in the forward areas and complement the other strikers at the club.

“We fought off competition from other clubs to sign Chuba and we would like to thank Arsenal for the opportunity of working with him for the rest of the season.”