This summer, Ligue 1 outfit St Etienne lost their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Germany’s second team Borussia Dortmund in a reported €13 million deal.
The club had an excellent campaign last season - finishing in fifth position, and only being beaten to fourth spot on the final day of the season to Nice.
The man at the centre of almost everything good they did that season is now playing in Germany - and his 19 goals and nine assists will be greatly missed.
The club has gone some way to improving the side with that cash injection, with the arrivals of Franck Tabanou and Benjamin Corgnet - but a centre forward is still a necessary purchase.
A move for Carlton Cole, which in itself was a surprise, has fallen through, so where do they turn their attention next.
Since arriving at Anfield, from Paris Saint-Germain, in 2008 the career of David N’Gog has hardly been inspiring.
At the time he was considered one of the hottest prospects in France - but he never translated that form at Anfield, never managing to score double figures in a season.
That fate has also befallen him at the Reebok Stadium - so it is fair to say that N’Gog has not lived up to the expectations that were had of him in France.
That early expectation however, seems to have carried with it a continued reputation.
And it is surely only his reputation, as a one-time future star of French football, that is attracting him to not only St Etienne, but Bordeaux as well.
Bolton will be happy at the idea of selling the player if they can do so at the right price - removing his wages from the bill and opening space for a new recruit - one who can actually score goals.
If St Etienne are hoping that N’Gog can become a cheap replacement for their departed superstar they have another thing coming - but Bolton will not be expressing their delusion.
Should Bolton sell N’Gog to St Etienne?
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