Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has revealed that he might be interested in signing Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo on a permanent contract, should the situation arise.
The Daily Express today carries quotes from the Premier League manager, who captured Wilfried Zaha during the January transfer, confirming that he could be interested in replicating that transfer move with Sanogo.
Sanogo to Palace
The Arsenal youngster hasn’t impressed since arriving at the Emirates Stadium from Auxerre in 2013, and the general consensus is that he needs to improve if he’s to have a chance of getting ahead of Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck.
Since moving to Selhurst Park last month the lanky striker has looked in good form, and his partnership with ex-Gunners flop Marouane Chamakh has reinvigorated Pardew's strikeforce.
Yet he’ll need to show that he is prolific at the top level if he’s to return to north London with a genuine chance of leading Wenger’s line, and from the outside looking in the alternative scenario seems far more feasible.
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By that I mean the prospect of him joining Palace on a permanent deal and Wenger then putting the funds towards his own summer transfer plans. That seems to be an outcome Pardew is ready for, even if Arsenal have never let on that they would be prepared to offload the 22-year-old on anything other than a loan deal.
"I’m not trying to suggest that loan players are not as focussed as your own.
"But I think as a manager you do look to your own players with a different kind of eye than loan players because it’s important that you develop them and strengthen them.
"We do have a loan player in Sanogo from Arsenal and we’re very lucky to have him and he’s fighting the cause for us in no uncertain terms.
"But I think if we had an opportunity where Sanogo could become our own player that would be even better.
"But I think if we had an opportunity where Sanogo could become our own player that would be even better"
The ex-Newcastle United boss also spoke of the chance he had to take in acquiring Zaha, who had - somewhat like Sanogo - failed to live up to expectation following his move to a big Premier League club.
"That situation isn’t around but there was a chance with Zaha and I think it makes things easier for him and for me if he is our player and I took that opportunity."
The winger joined Manchester United in 2013 after inspiring Palace to promotion from the Championship via the playoffs, but with Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement went his chance at becoming an instant hit.
Under David Moyes Zaha was nothing more than a peripheral figure, and his misery continued when Louis van Gaal assumed charge last summer. At Palace the 22-year-old is aiming to get his career back on track, and perhaps his potential will be realised with the regular opportunities Pardew will give him.