Arsenal Set to Sign £8.5m French Forward

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Arsenal are reportedly ‘set’ to sign Auxerre striker Paul-Georges Ntep according to the Daily Express.

Tottenham and Aston Villa are also said to be chasing the French Under 21 international but Arsenal have already begun negotiations with Ligue 2 side Auxeree over an £8.5m deal to sign the 21 year old Cameroon born striker.

Arsene Wenger brought in Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre last summer and appears keen to repeat the trick with Auxerre experiencing significant financial woes leading the club to have to sell players to help balance the books.

Lille and Saint-Etienne are also monitoring the youngster but a move to Arsenal is said to be the most likely to occur in January.

Ntep has impressed during France’s European Under 21 Championship qualifying campaign, scoring five goals in five matches, and though the capture of a player with little top tier experience will not be an immediate fix for the lack of striking alternatives to Olivier Giroud this is the type of move that has been Arsene Wenger’s ‘bread and butter’ during his lengthy tenure as Gunners boss.

As well as pursuing the young Auxerre forward Wenger may also be looking for an immediate way to strengthen his attack given that currently he has to rely on Nicklas Bendtner as a back-up to Giroud,

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