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Ex-Arsenal and Charlton man eyeing up Championship move

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Toulouse striker Yaya Sanogo is reportedly eyeing a return to the Championship

The former Arsenal forward spent part of the 2016/17 season on loan in the second tier of English football with Charlton Athletic, scoring three goals in eight appearances.

The Frenchman has scored 12 goals in 56 appearances since joining Toulouse from Arsenal in 2017 but it appears he is now hoping to return to English football.

According to French outlet Foot Mercato, Sanogo has turned down a big offer from a Saudi Arabian club and is keen on a move to the Championship.

The unnamed Saudi club are understood to have offered the 26-year-old an annual salary of €2 million (£1.78 million) and Toulouse a fee of €3 million (£2.67 million).

The former French under-21 international still has a year left on his contract at the Ligue 1 side but is thought to have been considering his future this summer–with CSKA Moscow believed to be interested.

Earlier this summer, his agent told Foot Mercato: “The priority is first to talk with the Toulouse leaders to find out what the club’s intentions are.

“Yaya has a good market rating, especially in England and Russia.”

Sanogo was heralded as a player with great potential at Arsenal but managed just one goal in 20 appearances in his four years with the club.

He was sent out on loan three times by the Gunners, to Crystal Palace, Ajax, and Charlton.

The Verdict

There are a number of sides in the Championship, such as Bristol City and Wigan Athletic, linked with strikers this summer and the Frenchman could be an interesting option.

Sanogo’s goalscoring record is not brilliant, having only made it into double figures for AJ Auxerre in 2012/13, and signing him would undoubtedly be a risk.

He has not yet fulfilled the raw potential that Arsene Wenger saw in him but a drop down into the Championship could be an ideal move to kick start his career.

The forward only has one year left on his contract at Toulouse, which indicates that he may be available for a reduced fee.


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