Arsenal, Middlesbrough confirm Folarin Balogun loan in January

Arsenal and Middlesbrough confirm Folarin Balogun on loan, as England Under-21 forward joins Brighton’s Aaron Connolly in January for Riverside

  • Middlesbrough has confirmed Folarin Balogun’s loan signing from Arsenal
  • England Under-21 forward to sign short-term deal with the Championship squad
  • 20-year-old move delayed due to player’s isolation from Covid
  • Balogun will join Brighton’s Aaron Connolly, who has also signed a loan deal











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

The England Under-21 forward is due to travel to Middlesbrough this week to complete a short-term loan change once he emerges from Covid isolation, becoming Middlesbrough’s second signing out of the window.

Sportsmail understands that the two clubs have come to an agreement on the terms of the direct loan deal, with the Championship team agreeing to cover part of Balogun’s salary.

Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun will join the Middlesbrough Championship team this window

Chris Wilder's Middlesbrough is in 7th place in the championship and is one point away from a play-off place

Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough is in 7th place in the championship and is one point away from a play-off place

The Arsenal youngster will be Boro’s second forward to sign for the Premier League this month to bolster his play-off push following Aaron Connolly’s arrival on loan from Brighton.

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

The former Blades boss has guided Middlesbrough to 7th place in the championship standings, just one point behind the Play-Off spots.

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

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

Without a recognized scorer in the squad, the 54-year-old manager used the January transfer window to bolster his squad’s depth.

Balogun has only played in the league twice for the Gunners this season, including a ten-minute appearance against Chelsea in August.

The England striker’s first chance to impress could come in Middlesbrough’s league game against Reading on Saturday.

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