Swansea City Make Bid For Saint-Étienne’s Franck Tabanou

Swansea City Make Bid For Saint-Étienne’s Franck Tabanou

Early on Monday evening, France Football reported that Swansea City had submitted a €4 million bid for Saint-Etienne defender Franck Tabanou. The 25-year-old is contracted to Les Verts until 2017 and this season, Christophe Galtier has moved him from left-midfield to left-back, filling in after Benoit Tremoulinas failed to join on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell from Dynamo Kyiv. This season, Tabanou has started 19 out of 22 games in the league and his…

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Preview: Saint-Etienne v Paris Saint-Germain

Preview: Saint-Etienne v Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain reached the semi-final of the Coupe de la Ligue after beating Saint-Etienne 1-0 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. On Sunday evening, Les Verts have the perfect opportunity to extract revenge from their Parisian rivals, leap-frogging them up into third in the progress. It is going to be difficult for the home side, a host of injuries and players away on international duty has seriously reduced Christophe Galtier’s options for Sunday’s game. Five players from…

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Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

Although Rennes sit 10 places and 12 points above Caen in the Ligue 1 table, you would have to say that the bottom placed club are actually the form team going into Sunday afternoon’s game. The Breton side has only won once in the last six league games and hasn’t won any of their last three games at the Stade de la Route de Lorient. Caen has picked up four points in their last three…

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Preview: Lyon v FC Metz + Evian TG v Toulouse FC

Preview: Lyon v FC Metz + Evian TG v Toulouse FC

If Olympique Lyonnais go on to lift the Ligue 1 title this season, Jean-Michel Aulas should definitely send FC Metz a thank you card and a bouquet of flowers for the part the Lorraine club played. Albert Cartier’s side put Les Gones to the sword in Week 4, coming back from a goal down to win 2-1. Since that day, Lyon has only lost once in the league, as if throwing away that victory, gave…

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Arsenal Drop Interest in Loïc Perrin With Paulista Move

Arsenal Drop Interest in Loïc Perrin With Paulista Move

It has been reported this weekend that Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal. That move all but confirms that Arsene Wenger has moved away from former target, and Saint-Etienne captain, Loïc Perrin. The Spanish side confirmed on twitter that they had agreed a deal in principal with Arsenal, with only work permit issues causing the final hurdle. Principio de acuerdo de traspaso con el @Arsenal por Gabriel,…

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Angers’ Kodjia reported target for Palace and West Brom

Angers’ Kodjia reported target for Palace and West Brom

Earlier in the January transfer window, Angers SCO’s Jonathan Kodjia had been linked with a move to Lorient in Ligue 1, but now Foot Mercato are reporting that the 25-year-old is a target for Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League and Championship side Cardiff City. Having scored 12 goals in France’s second-tier so far this season, the centre-forward has caused quite a stir, with scouts making their way to the Stade…

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Lavezzi To Spend Season at PSG Despite Italian Interest

Lavezzi To Spend Season at PSG Despite Italian Interest

There are only nine days left in the current transfer window and stories linking Paris Saint-Germain winger Ezequiel Lavezzi will not go away. The Italian press today link the Argentine with a move to both Inter Milan and Juventus, but the closer the deadline becomes, the less likely any deal will be done. On Thursday, it was reported by Le Parisien that Laurent Blanc had told the powers that be that he would be happy…

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Chance for Ben Arfa as Newcastle United Game Deemed Unofficial

Chance for Ben Arfa as Newcastle United Game Deemed Unofficial

After a failed loan period with Hull City, the former Lyon and Marseille multiple Ligue 1 winner and international, Hatem Ben Arfa, famously discovered by Alan Shearer once he joined Newcastle United, was all set to sign for Nice this January, having had his Newcastle contract terminated. However, FIFA’s consultative opinion was that, on the basis that Hatem had also played for Newcastle’s Under-21s this season, there may be a breach of the rule against…

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