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Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has attracted interest from his native France.

Bordeaux boss Willy Sagnol has admitted his interest in taking Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo on loan for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old joined the Gunners in the summer of 2013 from French outfit Auxerre and was initially expected to compete in the youth team.

Injuries to a number of key strikers over last season’s festive period saw Sanogo pushed to the forefront where he made an impressive debut first-team start in an FA Cup victory over Liverpool.

First-team outings were soon to follow, including a start in the FA Cup semi-final, and he ended his debut season at the club by lifting the cup and ending the North Londoners’ nine-year trophy drought.

Sanogo has seen his playing time restricted this season due to heavy competition for places and, like Lukas Podolski, he has seemingly been made available for loan.

A return to France appears to be a prudent option for both parties, and the striker has been touted for a move to Bordeaux, speculation which has been confirmed by manager Sagnol.

"We hope that it is on the right road," the French coach was quoted as saying by the Telegraph when quizzed on his interest in signing Sanogo on loan.

The young striker worked with Sagnol for the French U21 side and could prove to be a big factor in securing a move to the 2009 Ligue 1 champions.

In five appearances in all competitions this season, Sanogo has found the net just once as he struck in the Champions League encounter with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

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