Panathinaikos have made an enquiry to Middlesbrough over the potential availability of forward Chuba Akpom as they aim to take him back to Greece before the window shuts, according to Greek outlet Sport Time.
Akpom’s future at Middlesbrough has been in doubt throughout the summer transfer window with the 25-year-old having never been able to fully convince Neil Warnock over his qualities since he arrived last summer from PAOK.
It has previously been reported that Turkish side Besiktas have been interested in making a potential move for Akpom during the summer transfer window.
According to the latest report from Sport Time, Akpom is keen to get himself more regular minutes this season and it is not expected that will be the case under Warnock at Middlesbrough.
That comes with the 25-year-old having made just one appearance from the bench in Boro’s opening three league games.
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It is believed that Panathinaikos have made contact with both Middlesbrough and Akpom himself as they aim to try and agree a potential loan deal with Boro to take the forward back to Greece for the campaign.
This would not come as too much of a surprise really considering that Warnock has never really been won over by Akpom and been willing to place his faith in him to lead the line on a consistent basis for his side.
However, Middlesbrough are not blessed with options in the final third to really challenge Uche Ikpeazu and they have been in the market for a new striker throughout the summer window.
It might therefore come down to whether Warnock is able to get a move for a replacement over the line in the coming days.
Akpom knows Greek football well from his time with PAOK and it might therefore be an ideal move for him to make as he aims to get his career back on track. The 25-year-old might be a strong signing for Panathinaikos and you can see they are keen to agree a loan deal for his services.
Should Middlesbrough be in a position to allow him to make the move back to Greece then it is something that might potentially work out of the best for all concerned.