French sporting newspaper L’Equipe are reporting that Crystal Palace have stolen a march on the likes of Hull City, Bordeaux and Lorient in the pursuit of Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo.
With the French striker having joined Arsenal in the summer of 2013, Arsene Wenger has been unable to integrate him into the first-team set-up at The Emirates, plumping instead for the likes of Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud at the head of the side for the majority of the current campaign.
Despite having been touted as another player with huge potential upon his arrival in north London, Sanogo’s gangly frame has drawn derision from many around the game, but with Crystal Palace in desperate need of further attacking options at the season reaches a pivotal period, it appears that Alan Pardew is more than keen to take a chance on him.
Having brought him to these shores with the intention of moulding him into a player capable of causing problems in the Premier League if given time to learn his trade, it seems Wenger himself would ideally like Sanogo to remain in the top flight if he is to leave Arsenal on a short-term basis, with Palace offering a relatively stress free way for the fledgling striker to get some much needed competitive game time.
Whether of not Sanogo is the man we need at this stage of the campaign remains to be seen, but it Pardew feels that a move for him would be beneficial to the side as things stand, we have little choice other than to stand aside and hope for the best.