Having promised a first class attacker would join up with the Saint-Étienne squad before the arrival of the new season it seems that the Loire club will have to make do with Sébastien Grax, a player who has yet to fulfil his full potential.
According to France Football, the Sochaux player was in Fourez today to complete his medical assessment and is expected to sign a contract with Sainté that will run for 3 years.
Injury disrupted Grax's final season at Sochaux, where he spent around 18 months. During this spell the 24 year-old found the net six times in 25 league appearances.
Formed in Monaco's impressive youth school the forward never really shone in the principality, relying on a loan move to Troyes to make his name. 16 goals in Ligue 2 were followed by nine in Ligue 1 the following season with the Trojans.
If Saint-Étienne can get this kind of production from the forward then they will be well served by his presence.
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Les Verts may benefit from the six months that Gomis and Grax spent together at Troyes, a theory that their new charge subscribes to.
“I have to prove I can play with him [Bafetimbi Gomis]. I know Bafé well and that we can be complementary,” Grax responded to l'Equipe when quizzed over his prospects of playing regularly in a 4-2-3-1 formation that already has a well established solo forward.
Co-president Bernard Caïazzo also promised supporters that a defensive player would be signed before the onset of the new season. Sochaux team-mate Guirane N'Daw is currently their prime target.
Coveted also by Nantes it seems probable that Saint-Étienne's greater financial muscle will be able to crush the Canaries' bid for the Senegal international. France Football suggests that Sainté will be able to treble Nantes' bid of €2 million.
N'Daw played 30 times for Sochaux in Ligue 1 last term, featuring both in defensive and midfield capacities, scoring three times.