Arsenal have signed 19-year-old midfielder Tim Akinola following his release from Huddersfield last month, according to reports.
Akinola struggled to break into the Terriers’ senior team last season and even spent time at non-league outfit Brighouse Town F.C.
However, The Athletic reports that Gunners transfer chiefs Per Mertesacker and Lee Herron decided Akinola was worth a punt without requesting a trial.
He will now play for Arsenal’s U23s for the upcoming campaign, with the aim of developing into a first-team player in the coming years.
Akinola, who is eligible for England and Nigeria, is Arsenal’s fifth permanent signing this season, but the club’s main priority remains keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beyond the end of his current contract, which expires next season.
talkSPORT understands the striker has agreed a new contract with Arsenal, with the club only waiting for the striker to return from holiday to announce the news.
However, it appears the future of strike partner Alexandre Lacazette is not so certain as the Gunners are ‘open to offers’ for the French ace this summer.
“Aubameyang is done,” said ESPN reporter James Olley, formerly the Evening Standard’s Arsenal reporter.
“My understanding is he’s away on holiday and when he comes back they’ll shoot the promotion stuff.
“I think the club would be open to listening to offers for Lacazette,” he added.
“He’s got two years left on his contract, he’s not been happy there and he was particularly unhappy under Unai Emery.”