Yaya Sanogo looks likely to return to England this summer, with Middlesbrough in advanced negotiations with the former Gunner over a move.

Toulouse's French forward Yaya Sanogo scores a goal during the French L1 football match Toulouse against Strasbourg on March 17, 2018 at the Municipal Stadium in Toulouse, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Pascal PAVANI
Toulouse’s French forward Yaya Sanogo scores a goal on March 17, 2018. (Photo via AFP PHOTO / Pascal PAVANI)

Manu Lonjon (via GFFN) reports that Yaya Sanogo and Middlesbrough are in advanced negotiations over a return to English football. The striker is closing in on a free transfer to the Championship side after leaving Toulouse this summer.

Clubs in the Middle East reportedly made Sanogo considerable offers. But he wanted to wait and see what opportunities he’d get in France or England.

The move will represent the third free transfer of Sanogo’s career. He started out at Auxerre, before letting his deal run down to join Arsenal. Then he left on a free to Toulouse, and now his contract there is up too.

The 27-year-old made 72 appearances with his last club, by far the most of any he’s played for in senior football. He scored 16 goals and assisted four in that time. Sanogo only played 20 matches in total during his four-year Arsenal spell.

The French u21 international has had plenty of struggles with injury throughout his career. Things improved somewhat with Toulouse, but another shoulder injury in January was probably the nail in the coffin for his chances of a contract extension.

Perhaps it will all work out in the end, with Sanogo making his comeback in England.