Report: Leeds make loan bid for striker at Premier League giants, club respond
By Tom Blackburn
Leeds have made a bid to sign Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo on loan, according to a report.
The Sun claim the 23-year-old Frenchman has attracted interest from the Championship club, who want him for the rest of the season.
But it is said that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has blocked the move.
He has told Leeds that he intends to keep the misfiring striker at the Emirates Stadium, where Lucas Perez has just arrived from Deportivo La Coruna to compete with Olivier Giroud for the senior spearhead role.
Sanogo signed for Arsenal in 2013 from Auxerre but has failed to earn a regular spot with the Gunners and has been shipped out on three loan spells.
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In total he has played 20 times for the north London giants and in that time has scored just the one goal, which came in a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in 2014.
The striker was signed by Wenger after impressing with 11 goals in 24 games in his early years at Auxerre, which is where he was first signed as a professional footballer.
His first loan spell away from Arsenal was to Crystal Palace in the second half of the 2014-15 season, and he enjoyed some mild success, scoring once in 11 games.
Upon returning to the Emirates he was then loaned out for the first half of the 2015-16 season to Dutch side Ajax where he struggled to feature.
He spent the second half of last season in the Championship with Charlton, and his three goals in eight games were what potentially attracted Leeds boss Garry Monk to make an approach.
In other Leeds transfer news, they sign a Premier League man as Monk completes 11th senior signing.