Chuba Akpom in pre-season, July 2016

Celtic and Leeds United battle for Arsenal striker

As per a number of reports in the English media today, Scottish outfit Celtic are ready to go head-to-head with Leeds United over the signature of Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom.

Talented youngster

Akpom, a 21-year-old English youth international, has been with Arsenal since 2002, coming through the youth ranks at the club to eventually join up with Arsene Wenger’s first-team squad in 2013.

However, despite his obvious talents, Akpom has been unable to secure any sort of consistent run of appearances with the Gunners, leading to loan spells at the likes of Hull City and Brighton and Hove Albion over recent seasons.

On the move

And, as per a growing number of outlets this afternoon, the goalscoring starlet is set to depart the Emirates once again before the close of the transfer window, though this time it will likely be a permanent move away from the club.

Leading a host of interested parties are Celtic and Leeds United, with the latter said to hold a long-term interest in the Gunners man.

Thomas Christiansen’s side are on the lookout for a new striker following the departure of star man Chris Wood to Burnley earlier today, and are ready to splash out some of the £15 million they received from the Clarets on Akpom.

However, the Elland Road outfit will have to compete with Scottish champions Celtic for the 21-year-old striker, with Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers having reportedly earmarked Akpom as the ideal man to challenge the established duo of Leigh Griffiths and Mousa Dembele for a starting centre-forward berth at the club.

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