Chuba Akpom joins Brighton from Arsenal on loan for rest of season

Chuba Akpom has joined Championship leaders Brighton on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old striker has enjoyed loan spells at Brentford, Coventry and Nottingham Forest in his fledgling career and helped Hull to promotion back to the Premier League last season, scoring seven goals in 22 starts.

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton told www.seagulls.co.uk: "As soon as we allowed Elvis Manu to go out on loan we knew we wanted to add to the forward area, so we are delighted to bring in someone of Chuba's calibre.

"He is a young talent who gained valuable experience with Hull in the Championship last season, will give us really good pace in the forward areas and complement the other strikers at the club.

"We fought off competition from other clubs to sign Chuba and we would like to thank Arsenal for the opportunity of working with him for the rest of the season.''

England Under-21 international Akpom has made one start and nine substitute appearances for Arsenal's first team.