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The Premier League’s biggest French importers, Arsenal and Newcastle, have received a huge boost in their bid to land St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the player himself came out in the open about a possible move away from the Ligue 1. The 23 year old Gabon International has been a target for the English clubs for quite some time, with his return of 16 goals this season only adding to the hype surrounding the player.

Aubameyang revealed to TalkSport that he wasn’t in any hurry to leave St Etienne, his club since 2011. Originally from AC Milan, Aubameyang could never cut it out at the San Siro and had to spend multiple short spells away on loan before finally settling down at St Etienne. He still has two years remaining in his current deal with the French club but stated that the right offer could initiate a move: “If people are talking about me then I am not aware of it. But if someone offers 12million to the club I do not know if I'll go or not.”

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The European leg of the prolonged World Cup 2014 qualifiers was in action once again last night and England were the biggest winners as they thrashed San Marino 8-0. The other European giants to have an easy night in the office were Germany who cruised past Kazakhstan 3-0, Netherlands also beat Estonia by the same margin while France comfortably swatted aside Georgia 3-1. The surprise result of the round came in Gijon where Spain were held to a 1-1 draw by Finland. Portugal and Israel played out an entertaining 3-3 draw in Group F while Wales got the better of Scotland 2-1 in the all-British battle.

England’s rampage against San Marino was welcome relief for Roy Hodgson after the usual pre-match tabloid headache. The Three Lions managed to get six different scorers on the sheet against the minnows, with Jermain Defoe grabbing a brace. England were five goals to the good by half-time, with Alessandro Della Valle getting the ball rolling with an early own goal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Defoe, Ashley Young and Frank Lampard all found a way to goal by the break to leave the home side reeling.

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Arsene Wenger has spent the last few weeks short-listing defenders to be purchased in the summer and one of the more prominent names on the list is Valencia’s Adil Rami. The imposing Frenchman moved to Valencia from Lille only in 2011 but the Spanish club’s financial state has meant that they are never far away from cashing in on their talented players.

Wenger is prepared to shell out £10 million on the 27 year old in the summer to add much needed strength to the backline, with Thomas Vermaelen set to the be the one taking the fall. Arsenal already have a lamp-post of a central defender in Per Mertesacker but they need a more forceful partner to compliment the German, which is where Rami’s skills lie.

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Arsene Wenger travelling across the English Channel to his home country France isn’t a big surprise but when the Arsenal manager makes that trip to convince a talented youngster to join the Premier League giants it definitely is news. The Metro reports that Wenger fly to Auxerre to sit down with the Ligue 2 club’s 20 year old striker Yaya Sanogo, whose contract expires at the end of the season thus prompting Wenger to discuss a pre-contract agreement.

Sanogo has rejected a contract offer from Auxerre, prompting Wenger to make the dash across Europe to ensure he was the first to the young striker’s signature. Arsenal have tracked the French U-21 star for an extended period, only for a broken leg to put off the transfer a couple of years ago.

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Arsene Wenger has used the French Ligue 1 as his personal talent source during his long managerial career and the Arsenal boss is said to be keen on another talent shining brightly across the English Channel. Saint-Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been the rage in Ligue 1 as well as his home continent Africa, where he is dubiously called the ‘African Neymar’, possibly for his outrageous haircut alone.

The 23 year old Aubameyang does have plenty of talent to back up the showboating though as he has netted 25 times for Saint-Etienne in the last two seasons.

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AC Milan were once renowned for their space-age medical centre which prolonged the careers of a golden generation at the club, inspiring countless imitations across Europe. But the Rossoneri have changed their course since last year, choosing to focus on young and emerging talent instead and one of the most prodigious talents on their books at the moment is 18 year old striker M’Baye Niang. The Frenchman turned down the advances of Arsenal and Everton to join Milan from French minnows Caen last summer

Niang has since signed a long-term contract until 2017 with the Italian giants but that that hasn’t stopped Chelsea from scouting the youngster, reports the Express. The Blues enjoyed a golden period with Didier Drogba leading the line with a unique mix of power and pace, a quality that they have dearly missed this season. Fernando Torres has been a lost cause ever since he arrived from Anfield and although Demba Ba has given them a semblance of dependency up-front, a fresh face is badly needed to spruce up the side.

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The opening round of the 2013 Davis Cup that took place from 1st to 3rd February was quite an eventful one. It had it all. Records were broken, upsets were caused, comebacks were made and all in all the fans were able to see some spectacular tennis.

The first team to qualify to the quarterfinals was France who produced a dominating display against Israel to win 5-0. It was an extremely strong performance from the Frenchmen who were playing under first time captain, Arnaud Clement. They sealed the victory on Saturday with a day to spare with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet leading the way.

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