Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Yaya Sanogo from Arsenal on loan until the end of the season.
The French under-21 striker becomes Alan Pardew's first signing as Eagles manager and he will be looking to gain Premier League experience with the Eagles over the course of the next five months.
After capturing his first signing as Palace manager, Pardew commented: “He’s a young player with tremendous promise, somebody that I have tracked personally and this club has too so that fitted well.”
Sanogo has been at the Emirates Stadium since the start of last season, signing from Auxerre where he had come through their youth system. He was a part of the Gunners side that lifted the FA Cup last May, and also won the Community Shield this season.
During his time in France he scored 11 times in 24 games for Auxerre, and has won eight caps for the French under-21 side, scoring five goals in the process. He has also won the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with Les Bleus.
On his move, the 21-year-old said: “When the Arsenal manager spoke with me about Crystal Palace I was very happy because I want to play more games. I think Palace are a good team, I watched the game against Tottenham and it was a great performance from the guys. I hope I can help the club have a successful second half of the season.”
Speaking just after Yaya signed Pardew added, “We have given him an opportunity, he needs to play more games and I think he’s ready for that and he proved that at Arsenal. It’s tough to get in their team but he’s closer to the starting action with us.”
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