​Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to allow 21-year-old striker Chuba Akpom to leave the club on loan to a Championship side, provided the frontman makes a successful return from the back injury currently keeping him on the sidelines.

Akpom suffered the back problem in September, but the ​Mirror reports that the striker will again be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium on a temporary basis upon his return to full fitness. 


The report suggests that there are at least three potential suitors for Akpom if Wenger does give the young striker the green light to leave the club, with Cardiff City, Fulham and Brentford all thought to be in the hunt for Akpom.

Brentford may have reason to believe that they are in the driving seat for the young Englishman's temporary signature, with Akpom having spent time with the Bees previously, making four appearances at Griffin Park in 2014.

Neil Warnock's hopes of landing Akpom on loan may hit a stumbling block as the wily former QPR and Sheffield United manager is not exactly known for advocating the stylish brand of football with which Wenger is synonymous, and would surely demand one of his players gain experience of, for a loan spell to be worthwhile.

Fulham, managed by Slavisa Jokanovic, are the highest placed of Akpom's reported suitors, as they sit tenth in the second tier, and the fact that the Serbian is trying to implement a possession style at Craven Cottage may work in his favour when it comes to turning Wenger's head.


Akpom has had four loan spells in his fledgling career already, having spent time at Coventry City and Nottingham Forest, as well as the aforementioned brief stint at Brentford, before making 36 appearances for Steve Bruce's promoted Hull City in 2015/16.

The 21-year-old's spell under Bruce only saw him net three goals, however, and Wenger would surely hope to see a greater yield from Akpom's fifth loan spell.