Arsenal flop Yaya Sanogo, 27, 'close' to completing Middlesbrough transfer after visiting training ground

FORMER Arsenal flop Yaya Sanogo is reportedly set to join Midlesbrough on a free transfer.

According to Sky Sports, the 27-year-old visited the club's training centre at Rockliffe last week.

Sanogo is a free agent after running down his contract with French outfit Toulouse.

He scored just 12 goals in THREE YEARS with the club after joining from the Gunners.

He barely got a look in with the North Londoners after signing in 2013, and was farmed out on loan to Crystal Palace, Ajax and Charlton.

He failed to score a single goal for Arsenal in 11 appearances before he was flogged in 2017.

However, the French forward has defended his record as "not disgustingly bad".

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Speaking of his own lacklustre showing in France, he told France Football: "I knew the club that I was joining.

"I needed to play, I wanted to enjoy myself playing again. I had less fitness issues.

"I must have played 70 matches with 17 or 18 goals.

"My stats aren’t amazing, but I was able to show with my body that I am apt, I can play. I wanted to reassure myself of that.

"I left for abroad when I was very young and I came to Toulouse to renew myself.

"Over the three seasons, Max-Alain Gradel must have been top scorer, but I would have been second, having played a lot less matches.

"My record is not disgustingly bad."

Toulouse were relegated to French Ligue 2 after finishing bottom and 14 points from safety.

But Boro boss Neil Warnock is seemingly ready to give Sanogo another chance in English football.

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