Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Yaya Sanogo from Arsenal on loan for the rest of the season.
Sanogo joined Arsenal in the summer of 2013 but struggled to nail a first-team shirt for himself and manager Arsene Wenger has opted to get him involved in more Premier League action.
The French Under 21 striker becomes coach Alan Pardew’s first signing since the former Newcastle boss returned to Selhurst Park.
Pardew said: “He’s a young player with tremendous promise. 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.”
Sanogo joined Arsenal from Auxerre in the summer of 2013 but has made just three Premier League appearances this season.
He has won eight caps for the French under-21 side, scoring five goals in the process and also clinched the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with Les Bleus in 2013.
The 21-year-old strikers 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.”
French club Bordeaux had hoped to lure Sanogo back to League 1 but failed in their plot.