Brighton set to announce Chuba Akpom loan
Akpom has featured just once for Arsenal in the EFL Cup this season and Arsene Wenger is reportedly open to letting him leave on loan in January.
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has been linked with a move for the 21-year-old, who he worked with during his time at Hull.
Akpom spent last season on loan at the KCOM Stadium and helped Bruce's side gain promotion to the Premier League with seven goals in all competitions.
Steve Bruce wanted reunion with Chuba Akpom at Aston Villa
Bruce was hoping Akpom would do the same again this term at Villa Park after selling striker Rudy Gestede to Middlesbrough earlier this month.
But The Mirror claim the Gunners youngster is set to join Championship leaders Brighton for the rest of the campaign.
Chris Hughton's side have reportedly already agreed a deal with Arsenal and will announce the signing at some point today.
Championship rivals Brentford were also credited with an interest in the England Under-21 star but Bees manager Dean Smith last week ruled out a move.
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Akpom spent part of the 2013/14 campaign at Brentford in League One but failed to find the back of the net in his four appearances for the club.
“We've not discussed Chuba," Smith said.
"He's been here before. We have regular recruitment meetings. He's not one that has been discussed at length.”