Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo is the subject of surprise transfer interest from Crystal Palace, who would like to take the French youth international on loan for the second half of the season.
Sanogo has struggled to make an impact for the Gunners when handed a chance to impress this term, although he did finally break his duck for the club with a goal against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last month.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is prepared to let the 21-year-old go out on loan to gain confidence now that Olivier Giroud is back fit and firing, with Palace currently best placed to make that happen when transfer window opens.
Palace desperately need a striker
Eagles boss Neil Warnock is currently scouring the market for new centre-forward to help Palace fight for survival in 2015, which is hardly a surprise when you consider Mile Jedinak is their top scorer in the Premier League with give goals.
Sanogo would probably provide more of a physical presence than a genuine killer instinct in the final third, but he has potential and with Warnock struggling to sign top target Peter Crouch don't be surprised if he turns to the young starlet in January.
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Time to sink or swim for Sanogo
The Daily Mail believe that Warnock is serious about signing Sanogo, but it remains to be seen if Wenger thinks that Palace is a good fit for a player he clearly thinks has the potential to succeed at the highest level.
Goal-shy Aston Villa and Sunderland are also keen on Sanogo in a short-term switch, which leaves Wenger with a decision to make.
Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Giroud are all effectively ahead of Sanogo in the pecking order going into the second half of the season, so it looks increasingly likely that the much-maligned striker will be moved on in January to prove his worth elsewhere.