Middlesbrough striker Chuba Akpom has reportedly been told that he has no future at the Riverside, with Bristol City, Charlton, Millwall, and QPR approached about the prospect of signing him.
The 25-year-old joined Boro for a fee understood to be in the region of £2.75 million last summer but hasn’t lived up to the billing in his debut season in the North East, scoring just five goals in 39 appearances for the Teessiders.
Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher have already left the club as free agents and it seems Neil Warnock is planning a full clear out of his forward line.
According to TEAMtalk, Akpom has now been told he does not have a future with the Teessiders after having left Warnock unimpressed with his 2020/21 performances.
The Arsenal academy product is under contract at the Riverside until at least 2023 and it is understood his representatives have been tasked with finding him a new club, though his high wages mean a loan deal is most likely this summer.
The report claims that Bristol City, Charlton, Millwall, and QPR have all been approached about signing the out-of-favour Boro striker.
Akpom is yet to prove himself a prolific goalscorer, with his 18 goals and 10 assists in 79 games at PAOK Thessaloniki between 2018 and 2020 his best record at senior level.
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It’s not a huge surprise that Boro are keen to move on from Akpom after just one season as he’s just not lived up to the billing.
Warnock knows he needs a more consistent goalscorer if he’s to challenge for the Premier League next season, so looking to offload him and get some of his wages off their books makes sense.
Whether any of the clubs offered will be interested could well depend on how much of his £27,000 a week (Salary Sport) wage is covered by the North East club.