Middlesbrough forward Chuba Akpom to sign for RC Lens in €11m deal

RC Lens and Middlesbrough FC have agreed a deal in principle for the transfer of English striker Chuba Akpom (27), according to a report this Friday from L’Equipe. The 27-year-old is set to sign a four-year deal with the Artois side. The French publication understands that Lens and the Championship side have shaken hands over a €11m transfer fee, with a further €2m possible in performance-related bonuses.

Akpom was entering his final year of contract with Middlesbrough. The English forward came to prominence last season with a remarkable 28 goal tally with Boro, but it was not enough for Michael Carrick’s side to earn a spot in the Premier League. RC Lens were in the market for a centre-forward following the €50m club-record sale of Belgium international Loïs Openda to RB Leipzig. With RC Lens, Chuba Akpom will be able to feature in the Champions’ League group stage. Les Sang et Or will kick off their Ligue 1 season on Sunday with an away game at Brest.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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