Arsenal eye move for £8m French striker star

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Arsenal appear to be keen to bolster their attack with the signing of French striker Paul-Georges Ntep.

According to The Independent, the Gunners have sounded out a potential move for the Auxerre frontman as manager Arsene Wenger seeks to provide cover in the final third after injuries sustained to the likes of Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott.

Danish striker Bendtner, who has constantly proved a source of immense frustration for Arsenal fans in recent years, was initially ruled out for between four to six weeks with an ankle injury - although reports yesterday suggested that the 25-year-old is set to recover quicker than expected.

England international Walcott, meanwhile, suffered a ruptured knee ligament during Arsenal's 2-0 FA Cup victory over North London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday and is set to miss the rest of the Premier League season as well as this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Since Walcott suffered that injury, rumours linking a plethora of strikers with moves to Arsenal have been rife, with the likes of Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata and Atletico Madrid marksman Diego Costa constantly mentioned in relation to the Gunners.

Ntep - who has been linked with Arsenal in the past - has made eight appearances in Ligue 2 so far this season, netting three goals for Bernard Casoni's side.

The Cameroon-born forward evidently has a lack of experience at the highest level, but boasts an impressive record of six strikes in just seven games for France's U21 outfit.

Those aforementioned reports claim that Auxerre, who are struggling to make any sort of impact as they bid for a return to Ligue 1, are aware of Arsenal's interest in Ntep and have supposedly placed a price of £8 million on him - a potential fee that Wenger is hopeful of negotiating down.

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