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Arsenal strike target welcomes January exit talk

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Arsenal's interest in Paul George Ntep has prompted the strike starlet's agent to declare that Auxerre are prepared to talk terms over a January deal if the Gunners decide to register a formal offer, as reported by the Mirror this morning.

Ntep has been linked with a whole host of clubs across Europe including Chelsea, Roma and Aston Villa after bursting onto the scene with Auxerre in Ligue 2 this season, scoring seven goals in 17 games in a promising start to the campaign.

The 21-year-old's representative Mario Knez has stopped short of declaring that a move for his client is imminent, but has insisted that Auxerre are open to allowing their brightest young talent to leave at the right price.

Knez told TMW: "An agreement with Arsenal? There's no truth in that.

"Is he leaving in January? It's certainly an option, he is having a great season and Auxerre are ready to start a negotiation."

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has so far declined the opportunity to add strike cover in the January transfer window, despite Theo Walcott being out for the remainder of the campaign with a cruciate knee injury.

Wenger looks content to stick with Lukas Podolski, Nicklas Bendtner and Olivier Giroud as centre-forward options as we head towards the final week of the current window, while former Auxerre youngster Yaya Sanogo is closing in on a return to full training.

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