Grimandi pictured scouting Ntep last night

Grimandi pictured scouting Ntep last night

Reports in the French media confirm Gilles Grimandi, Arsenal’s chief scout in France,¬†watched from the stands as Auxerre striker Paul-Georges Ntep helped his side progress to the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France with a 3-2 win over Dijon.

The France under-21 international scored in the second half to give his side a commanding 2-0 lead before Dijon fought back with two-goals to take the game to extra-time. The home side eventually sealed victory in dramatic style when Lynel Kitambala netted a 121st-minute winner.

 

Grimandi keeping tabs on Ntep at Stade de l'Abbe Deschamps, 23 January 2014
Grimandi keeping tabs on Ntep at Stade de l’Abbe Deschamps, 23 January 2014

Arsenal have been strongly-linked with a move for Ntep, who has attracted interest across Europe, throughout the January window but have yet to make a formal bid, despite suggestions he’s already held talks with Arsene Wenger about a move.

It remains to be seen whether Ntep joins Yaya Sanogo as the second Auxerre striker to move to the Emirates in quick succession, but the interest certainly appears to be real.