Middlesbrough are expected to complete a loan move for Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun next week, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
A report from the Daily Telegraph earlier this week revealed that talks between Nottingham Forest and Balogun over a move to the City Ground had collapsed which left Boro in pole position to secure his services.
It is now understood that final details are being discussed between Middlesbrough and the player’s camp with both parties confident that a deal can be finalised soon.
Boro boss has already bolstered his attacking options this month by signing Aaron Connolly on a temporary deal from Brighton & Hove Albion and is now closing in on securing the services of Balogun for the remainder of the season.
After making his debut for Arsenal in the Europa League last season, the forward has managed to demonstrate his talent at Under-23 level during the current campaign.
Balogun has also featured on four occasions for Arsenal’s senior outfit in all competitions and recently helped his side clinch a place in the League Cup semi-final by participating in their 5-1 victory over Sunderland.
This could turn out to be somewhat of a coup by Middlesbrough if they are able to finalise a move for Balogun as he clearly possesses a great deal of potential.
Although it may take the forward some time to adapt to life in the Championship due to the fact that he has never played at this level before in his career, there is no reason why he cannot potentially go on to thrive under the guidance of Chris Wilder.
Having already furthered the development of Isaiah Jones and Andraz Sporar during his time in charge of Boro, Wilder will fancy his chances of getting the best out of Balogun.
If the 20-year-old goes on to score regularly in the second-tier, he could potentially play a major role in Middlesbrough’s quest to secure a top-six finish this season.