Arsenal Very Close To Sealing Deal For Quality Young Striker

Gunners closing in on Paul-Georges Ntep.

Arsenal are closing in on  their first signing of the January transfer window in Auxerre forward Paul-Georges Ntep, according to AuxerreTV.

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The 21-year-old Frenchman has scored seven goals and provided one assist in his 17 appearances for the Ligue 2 club so far this season.

The youngster is set to join former Auxerre teammate Yaya Sanogo at the Emirates Stadium.

Ntep plays most of his football on the left wing – cutting inside to shoot on goal or reverse pass to his overlapping full back – but is capable of playing right across the forward line.

It is not known where Gunners boss Arsene Wenger intends to play him if the deal goes through.

The Emirates Stadium outfit have few top class options behind Olivier Giroud up front, despite Nicklas Bendtner’s decent performances when selected at centre forward.

At the same time, Santi Cazorla yet to find his form of last season on the left flank, while Lukas Podolski has earned few chances to impress since recovering from his hamstring injury.

Perhaps Arsenal will find a solution in Ntep – though it would be surprising if he was able to make the step up from Ligue 2 to Premier League midseason.

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