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Stoke City are reportedly interested in signing AJ Auxerre forward Lassine Sinayoko ahead of the January transfer window according to L’Equipe.
It is also claimed that QPR are keen on a deal to sign the 20-year-old, although it remains to be seen as to which club is leading the race to land his signature.
Sinayoko has six goals in nine appearances for French side AJ Auxerre II this season, and it appears as though his strong performances haven’t gone unnoticed.
Stoke are currently sat eighth in the Championship table, and will be hoping they can mount a serious challenge for a top-six finish in the second-tier standings this term.
But would Sinayoko be a good signing for Stoke City in the January transfer window?
This looks like it could be a really interesting signing from a Stoke perspective.
Sinayoko doesn’t look like the sort of player that will have a huge impact straight away but if given the time to settle, the 20-year-old could be a fantastic addition to the squad.
Michael O’Neill is hardly short of striking options at the moment but there is always space for a bright prospect like the Auxerre man.
It would even make sense to bring him in as a potential future replacement for Tyrese Campbell, whose impressive recent form is likely to mean bigger clubs will soon be sniffing around him if they aren’t already.
It’s hard to tell, let’s be honest.
He’s a good young player by the looks of things and has a decent record of six goals in eight games which obviously has caught the eye.
There are so many variables involved here, though, as to whether he’d be a success.
Still a young player, he’d need to adapt quickly and obviously he has no experience in this country – though obviously if you’re good enough then neither factor will matter.
Time will tell here, he could be a gamble worth taking but it’s hard to really predict.
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It could be worth looking into for Stoke as one for the future.
Given he has yet to really get much of an opportunity at first team level for Auxerre in the French second-tier, you feel the step up to Stoke’s senior side might be too much of a step up for the 20-year-old right now.
However, it is worth noting that Sinayoko does have a decent record for Auxerre’s second team further down the French pyramid, suggesting he does have the potential to make an impact as he matures and improves in the future.
As a result, it could be worth Stoke looking into getting a deal done here before someone else beats them to it, especially considering they do not really possess a great deal of goalscoring options right now.