IN THE KNOW

Neil Fissler has his ear to the ground for the lat­est League trans­fer ru­mours

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE -

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.

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