Arsenal and Middlesbrough confirm loan move for Folarin Balogun

Arsenal and Middlesbrough confirm loan move for Folarin Balogun, as England Under-21 striker joins Brighton’s Aaron Connolly in January switch to the Riverside

  • Middlesbrough have confirmed the loan signing of Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun  
  • England Under-21 striker will sign a short-term deal with the Championship side 
  • 20-year-old’s move had been delayed due to player being put in Covid isolation 
  • Balogun will join Brighton’s Aaron Connolly who has also signed on loan deal

Arsenal and Middlesbrough have agreed a deal for Folarin Balogun to spend the rest of the season at the Riverside.

The England U-21 striker is due in Middlesbrough this week to complete a short-term loan switch once he comes out of Covid isolation, becoming Middlesbrough’s second signing of the window.

Sportsmail understands, the two clubs have reached an agreement over terms of the straight loan deal including the Championship side agreeing to cover a portion of Balogun’s wages.

Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun will join Championship side Middlesbrough this window

Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough sit 7th in the Championship and are one point off a Play-Off spot

The Arsenal youngster will be Boro’s second striker signing from the Premier League this month to bolster their play-off push after Aaron Connolly’s loan arrival from Brighton.

And Chris Wilder will finally get to work with the exciting forward after chasing Balogun while he was Sheffield United manager.

The former Blades boss has guided Middlesbrough to 7th in the Championship table, just one point outside the Play-Off spots. 

Brighton’s Aaron Connolly also joined Middlesbrough on a loan deal earlier in the month

Without a recognised goal-scorer in the side, the 54-year-old manager has utilised the January transfer window to bolster his squad depth. 

Balogun has featured just twice in the league for the Gunners this season, including a ten minute cameo against Chelsea in August.

The English striker’s first opportunity to impress may come in Middlesbrough’s Championship match against Reading on Saturday. 

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