Yaya Sanogo and Paul-Georges Ntep could be reunited

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Former Auxerre duo Yaya Sanogo and Paul-Georges Ntep could be reunited if Stoke City manager Mark Hughes can lure the duo to the Britannia Stadium in January, according to The Express.

Yaya Sanogo has been strongly linked with a move away from the Emirates after a lack of game time has left the Frenchman unsettled with Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Stoke City waiting in the wings.

Neil Warnock's Palace side were favorites to land the 21-year-old, but Stoke's fresh interest in Stade Rennais forward Paul-Georges Ntep could force Hughes to up the ante in the race to sign Arsenal's lacklustre striker on loan.

Deadly strikeforce

Whilst at Auxerre in Ligue 2, the pair scored 33 goals combined, and Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hoping that if he can manage to prize the pair to the Britannia, they can emulate the same threat as they did a couple of years ago in France.

Ntep has carried his goalscoring prowess from Auxerre over to Stade Rennais, something that Yaya Sanogo has miserably failed to do since joining Arsenal, as the 22-year-old has hit the back of the net ten times in 24 appearances.

Arsenal interest

But Arsene Wenger is planning a mouth-watering reunion of his own should he decide to hold onto Sanogo in January as he could offer Rennes with an irresistable £8 million.

Chelsea and Manchester City have also shown interest in the goal machine, so it is key that Mark Hughes pulls off the coup in January before the big boys come to spark a bidding war in the summer.


The 22-year-old is seen as one of the revelations of the French equivalent of the Premier League this season and any club to put pen to paper should count themselves very lucky.

However, it could be a tricky job getting the striker onto the next plane to England as he seems settled at Rennes. He told French reporters: "Is my priority to stay at Rennes this winter? Yes, I'm happy at Rennes."

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