IN THE KNOW
Neil Fissler has his ear to the ground for the latest League transfer rumours
NOTTINGHAM FOREST have secured an option to keep Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom on loan at the City Ground for next season if he catches the eye over the next six weeks.
Forest boss Dougie Freedman pipped rivals Norwich and Bournemouth to sign the highly-rated 19year-old before the loan window closed on Thursday.
Akpom is due to be with Forest until May 31, but savvy Freedman will have first option on signing him next season if he does well between now and the end of the campaign.
The Gunners have wanted him to gain first team experience for most of the season but had been waiting for the right time to allow him to leave.
Boss Arsene Wenger gave the green light last week and there were as many as 12 Championship clubs chasing his signature.
But Freedman persuaded him to turn down Forest’s promotion rivals and throw his lot in with the East Midlands side.
Akpom, who hails from Canning Town, East London, has already been capped by England at U20 level and is tipped to make the senior side in years to come.
He had spells last season on loan at Brentford and Coventry without scoring and his nine appearances for the Gunners are yet to yield a goal either. WOLVES boss Kenny Jackett has made a personal check on Portsmouth’s highly-rated midfielder Jed Wallace.
Jackett is now expected to bid for the 20-year-old, who was a target while he was in charge of Millwall, at the end of the season. DERBY are keeping tabs on Fulham striker Ross McCormack, who could be offered a way out of south-west London at the end of the season.
Scotland international McCormack signed for Fulham from Championship rivals Leeds for a fee of around £11m last July.
The 28-year-old scored 29 goals in all competitions for Leeds last season but has only notched 12 since moving to Fulham.
He has still, however, been one of the most consistent performers for struggling Fulham.
Derby were trying to push through a loan deal before the emergency loan window closed last week. Instead, they are now expected to make a move in the summer.