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Dons sign Chelsea starlet on loan

Striker becomes first January signing...

5 January 2018

MK Dons have signed highly-rated Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo on loan until the end of the season.

Ugbo, 19, arrived at Stadium MK on Thursday to complete the deal which will see him spend the remainder of the 2017/18 campaign with the Dons. The move is subject to clearance from the relevant governing bodies.

He becomes the Club’s first signing of the January Transfer window.

Speaking to mkdons.com, Ugbo said: “I’m delighted to join such a great club and I can’t wait to get started. I’ve settled in well today – the players made me feel comfortable and at home.

“The players MK Dons have helped develop over the years like Dele Alli and Benik Afobe inspired me to come here. Hopefully I can do my best to help the team climb up the table.”

Ugbo is one of the Blues’ hottest prospects, having scored a number of goals at youth level for the Stamford Bridge outfit while also helping them win several trophies including the UEFA Youth League, the FA Youth Cup and the Under-18s Premier League.

The England Under-20 international spent the first half of this season on loan at Sky Bet Championship outfit Barnsley, with whom he opened his senior goalscoring account.

Dons manager Robbie Neilson said: “Ike was one of our main targets during the summer but he went to the Championship. We’re really pleased, though, that it is worked out for us in January.

“He will definitely add a lot to the team – he’s a natural finisher but he’s also got great link play and good pace and physicality.”


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