BREAKING: Cobblers sign Arsenal midfielder and West Brom striker in double loan swoop

Cobblers have bolstered their squad with two new signings in the shape of Arsenal midfielder James Olayinka and West Brom striker Callum Morton, both on loan.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 3:58 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 4:21 pm
James Olayinka (right) and Callum Morton (left) have both signed for the Cobblers on loan for the rest of the season. Pictures: Pete Norton

The young pair become Keith Curle's second and third signings of the January transfer window, adding to winger Mark Marshall, and have joined on loan for the rest of the season.

Olayinka, a box-to-box midfielder, has experience of both playing and scoring at the PTS Academy Stadium after netting for Arsenal U21s during the 1-1 draw with Northampton in the EFL Trophy at the end of August.

The 19-year-old, described as a 'dynamic and versatile midfielder' by Arsenal's official website, started out as a winger when he joined the Gunners as a seven-year-old but moved into central midfield during his rise through the ranks at the club.

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Olayinka signed a new contract with Arsenal only last year and will offer options and energy to Curle's squad during this busy period of the season.

Meanwhile, Morton joined West Brom as a 16-year-old and scored three goals in his first five games for the U18s before getting his chance in the Premier League Two.

The 20-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at National League Side side Braintree Town, notching five goals in 17 games, including a hat-trick in a 4-1 win against Barnet.

Both men are available for tomorrow's Sky Bet League Two game against Scunthorpe United.