Chuba Akpom offered new three-year Arsenal contract

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Arsenal have offered talented young striker Chuba Akpom a new three-year contract in an attempt to ward off interest from a host of rival European suitors.

The Independent reports that the 19-year-old has just six months remaining on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium, and Arsene Wenger is keen for the teenager to commit his long-term future to the Gunners.

Feyenoord, FC Twente and Borussia Dortmund have all been mooted as admirers of Akpom, who is thought to be weighing up his options based on where he'll get the best chance for regular first-team football.

He is allowed to speak to foreign clubs this month which increases the risk of Arsenal losing the marksman on a Bosman free transfer - a scenario that would prompt inevitable criticism from angry supporters excited about the potential Akpom has shown over the past 12 months.

Akpom has made three first-team appearances for the Gunners in 2014/15, featuring in both defeats against Southampton in the Capital One Cup and the Premier League and the recent FA Cup third round victory over Hull City on January 4.

The departures of Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo on loan this month mean that there is no chance of Akpom leaving north London in January, and Wenger will hope that with a clearer pathway to the senior team it will convince the youngster to renew terms with the club.

According to the Daily Star in November, Akpom has also attracted admiring glances from a number of Premier League rivals, with Everton, Manchester City and local rivals Tottenham Hotspur reportedly keeping tabs on the England U20 international's situation.

He joined Arsenal at the age of eight and garnered a burgeoning reputation thanks to his impressive goalscoring record at youth team level, but is struggling to make that final step and establish himself as a permanent fixture in Wenger's senior team.

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