According to a recent report in the Times, three Championship sides are all interested in signing Chuba Akpom on loan until the end of the current campaign.

Cardiff City as well as London-based clubs Brentford and Fulham are all reportedly interested in a potential loan deal for the 21-year-old forward.

Having impressed in attack during Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the Americas, it’s fair to say that he has been unfortunate with a series of injuries which have seen senior opportunities increasingly limited in a highly-competitive first-team squad.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: On his only senior start for Arsenal thus far this season, Chuba Akpom (far right) created an assist operating on the wing during a commanding 4-0 EFL Cup victory away against Nottingham Forest. (Photo: Shaun Botterill / Getty Images)

Having recent recovered from a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a back problem, the youngster is expected to leave at some stage in the coming weeks on a temporary deal as he aims to get regular minutes at a competitive level again.

A 45-minute display against Derby last Friday showed Chuba is stepping up his return and match sharpness will be important for the striker if he’s to have another opportunity in the summer to show his ability on a bigger platform.

It’s likely that if a deal was finalised before the end of the January window, he’d opt for a move closer to home with either Fulham or Brentford – where he featured on four occasions during a month-long loan at the start of 2014 – both expected to challenge for a place in the play-off’s this term.

Having experienced loan spells previously with Coventry City, Nottingham Forest and more recently Hull, you can only hope that if he does return to England’s second tier, he gets settled into his new surroundings quickly. This will ultimately help him on his search for a good run of goalscoring form with his new team-mates, which will undoubtedly boost his confidence and ensure coaches in north London take notice of his progress.