Highly rated young Arsenal striker Flo Balogun is set to join Championship side Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season.
The 20-year-old was convinced to sign a new contract at the Emirates last summer, but he has found first-team opportunities so far hard to come by, not helped by the fact that the Gunners are not involved in European football this season.
He is a prolific scorer at under-23 level, but now it is widely felt that he needs the experience of playing regular football twice a week against grown men.
Middlesbrough, now managed by former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, are pushing for promotion, and they have agreed to pay all of his wages, and pay a fee to his agent as well.
The intention is that he will return to the Emirates in the summer a more battle-hardened player, ready to compete for a place in the first team squad next season.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.