Chris Wilder reacts as Middlesbrough signs Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun on loan and ex-Sunderland defender leaves

The England Under-21 international, 20, has joined the club until the end of the season, the league team have confirmed.

The much-requested Balogun has made 16 appearances in total for the London club and scored twice in five Europa League appearances last time around.

Boro boss Chris Wilder has described him as a “natural finisher” and is delighted to sign him on loan, having beaten competition elsewhere for his loan signing.

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Folarin Balogun. (Photo by Visionhaus / Getty Images)

Balogun has scored 13 goals in 11 PL2 starts and two Papa John’s Trophy goals so far this campaign and Wilder says he’s been following his career for some time.

Wilder said: “We are delighted to welcome Flo.

“He’s a player I’ve known for a long time and we identified him as someone who could come and improve in the second half of the season.

“He’s got good movement, good pace and he’s a natural finisher. We look forward to working with him.

He is the third signing of January, after Aaron Connolly and Caolan Boyd-Munce.

Meanwhile, young defender Will Kokolo has joined League One squad Burton Albion.

The 21-year-old, who made his first-team debut at Luton in November and his first senior start at Mansfield Town in the FA Cup last weekend, has joined Albion on a permanent basis.

The former Sunderland youngster rose through the youth ranks in Monaco before his stint at the Stadium of Light in 2017.

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