Besiktas agree €2m deal for Akpom

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Turkish giants Besiktas have agreed on a deal with PAOK to sign Nigerian striker Chuba Akpom for €2m.

He scored 10 goals in all competitions for PAOK last season.

The 24-year-old was on the radar of Besiktas’ rivals Fenerbahce and Belgian clubs Anderlecht and Genk.

Akpom, who starred for England at the U-16, U-17 and the U-21 levels, featuring 41 times and scoring 18 goals, was directly involved in 26 goals (18 goals and eight assists) in the 76 games he featured in for PAOK.

Akpom began his football career at Arsenal and featured for Coventry City, Nottingham Forest, Hull City, Brighton and Sint Truiden on loan from the Gunners before he was sold off to PAOK Salonika for €1m in 2018.

In 2019, Akpom pledged his allegiance to play for Nigeria at international level.

“I’ve wanted to do that for many years now but not many people know this,” Akpom told the BBC.

“It’s just been a matter of sorting it out, which is now in a process. I’m looking forward to it.

“It was a personal decision. I’m Nigerian and my whole family feels very Nigerian and it will be nice to represent Nigeria.

 “Going to play abroad and in another league has helped me, but I hope to take my career to the next level with Nigeria.”

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