Middlesbrough are prepared to allow forward Chuba Akpom to leave the Riverside this summer but only on a loan deal as Turkish side Besiktas’ interest in him is stepped up, according to AllNigerianSoccer.com.
It had been reported earlier in the summer transfer window that Middlesbrough could be open to allowing Akpom to leave the club just a year on from his arrival at the club.
Reports suggested that the 25-year-old’s potential availability was attracting the attention of the likes of QPR, Bristol City, Charlton Athletic and Hull City.
According to the latest report from AllNigerianScoccer.com, Middlesbrough are indeed prepared to allow the forward to leave the Riverside this summer. However, Boro are not wanting him to leave on a permanent basis because manager Neil Warnock feels he does not have enough depth in the forward area at the moment.
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The report also adds that Besiktas are now ramping up their interest in Akpom and are wanting to thrash out a deal for him this summer. That comes with their other targets Luuk De Jong and Diego Costa looking unlikely to happen for them at this stage.
This report should not come as too much of a surprise and letting Akpom leave Boro on loan might be the best solution for all concerned really.
Despite Middlesbrough’s lack of depth upfront, Warnock just does not appear to be convinced at all by the 25-year-old and it would be unlikely that he would be first choice next term if other strikers are signed as expected.
It seems that Besiktas now see Akpom as their main target this summer as they aim to bolster their attacking options. The 25-year-old has already shown he can adapt to different European leagues having spent time in Greece before his move to the Riverside. A move to one of the biggest teams in Turkey is surely going to appeal to the forward.
This seems likes a move that will be able to get sorted and it is one that might help Boro raise the profile of Akpom before seeking a permanent sale next summer.