Middlesbrough has ended the signing of former Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo, Football insider can reveal.
This site revealed Wednesday evening that the Frenchman, 27, had been booked for a medical examination after agreeing to the terms of a free transfer to the Northeast team.
A Boro source said Football insider that the deal is now off the table due to concerns over his physical form.
Manager Neil Warnock and his team behind the scenes fear Sanogo will not be in great shape for several weeks.
That would deprive them of a leader at the start of the season, with Warnock keen to get down to business with a stable of four senior forwards.
Sanogo has been targeted by Boro as he is a free agent after his contract at Toulouse expired in June.
The return to his native country in 2017 after four years at Arsenal, which he joined in 2013 from Auxerre.
He has only played 20 times for North Londoners and has been loaned to Crystal Palace, Charlton and Dutch giants Ajax.
He hasn’t managed to score in any of his 21 Premier League appearances, but has scored three goals during his time in the league – it all came as a hat-trick against Reading.
Warnock is in the market for a new attacker in the rest of the window.
Boro currently has Ashley Fletcher and Britt Assombalonga as recognized center-forward options, while 19-year-old Stephen Walker was used as a substitute last season.
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