“The club, when I asked them, said they hadn’t heard of Chuba Akpom who is an ex-Arsenal player playing in Greece.
“They did say to me they had no interest in him.”
It doesn’t come much franker than this really, does it? Reliable club insider asks said club if they want a player, they say no – what more can you say? From the moment that this rumour broke, it always felt like a bit of strange one. Akpom was very highly-rated as youngster with Arsenal, but he seems to have found his feet over on the continent, and it would surely be foolish of him to rush back to England at the drop of a hat when it didn’t work out for him before. From West Ham’s point of view, eight goals in 33 games may be a decent return for a youngster making his way in a new country, but is it enough to justify a spot as a Premier League deputy? Probably not, truth be told. Maybe in time, when he has grown a little more and refined his finishing some more, Akpom can come back to England and make a go of it in the Premier League, but for now, after just a year in Greece, both he and the clubs being linked to him need to bide their time and let his game develop at a natural, organic rate.