Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo is set to join Crystal Palace on a six month loan deal despite his reported desire to return to Ligue 1 with Bordeaux, reports L'Equipe.
Arsene Wenger confirmed in his latest press conference that the French striker will move to another Premier League club on a temporary basis shortly in an attempt to fast track his development.
That is despite the fact that Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud claimed that Sanogo had told Arsenal he wanted to return to France.
"Sanogo wants to come to Bordeaux on loan", Triaud told Gold FM.
"And he has informed Arsene Wenger [about his wish]. We've asked for Arsenal to give us a response on Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest."
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“We are very short today of an option in England and maybe he should go to an English Premier League club"
But Wenger has been keen to make sure the 21-year-old gets experience in English football and has pushed him towards Crystal Palace where new manager Alan Pardew has been keen to sign him from his first day in charge at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles need offensive reinforcements in order to supercharge their bid for survival with Fraizer Campbell their current top scoring striker in the Premier League with three goals.
They currently sit one point from safety in 18th, but a swing in form reminiscent of last season's post-Christmas surge will certainly see them survive the drop. Sanogo is hopefully going to be part of that.
Wenger told reporters today: “[Sanogo] will go out on loan. My option is preferably in England.
“We are very short today of an option in England and maybe he should go to an English Premier League club."
The loan move could make or break Sanogo's chances of succeeding at Arsenal. After joining from Auxerre on a free transfer last summer, the striker has scored just one competitive goal in 20 appearances (nine starts).
He did score four goals against Benfica in a pre-season friendly. The addition of Danny Welbeck and the good form of Olivier Giroud since his injury return has, however, limited his opportunities at the Emirates Stadium.