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. On Tuesday, Tabanou’s agent Philippe Lamboley said: “The two clubs are in discussions, but I cannot…

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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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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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Preview: Lille OSC v AS Monaco + Ligue 1 Saturday

Preview: Lille OSC v AS Monaco + Ligue 1 Saturday

Earlier in the season, the last meeting between these two was played out in the shadows of Radamel Falcao arranging his move to Manchester United in the stands. Both teams have changed significantly since the end of August and it sets up a very intriguing clash at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. The home side sit in 12th, but their form had improved massively just before the winter break, winning three out of four games before…

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Preview: OGC Nice v Olympique de Marseille

Preview: OGC Nice v Olympique de Marseille

Marseille will travel the 200km of beach coastline on Friday night as they take on OGC Nice at the Allianz Riviera in Derby du Sud. OM Coach Marcelo Bielsa is without some key defenders as they look to keep pace with Olympique Lyonnais at the top of Ligue 1. Nice will be no walkovers, with Les Aiglons coming back from one-goal down in their last two games to pick up all six points. Claude Puel’s side…

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Crystal Palace Move For Defender Could Help Liverpool Land Origi

Crystal Palace Move For Defender Could Help Liverpool Land Origi

Premier League side Crystal Palace have this morning been linked with a move for Lille OSC left-back Pape Souaré. It has been reported by French newspaper L’Equipe, that the London club has made an offer of €4.6 million for the 24-year-old Senegalese defender. There are two interesting developments that the sale of Souaré could lead too. First of all, it would give Lille the money to buy Brazilian centre-forward Derley from Portuguese side Benfica, which…

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SC Bastia v Paris Saint-Germain – Week 20 Preview

SC Bastia v Paris Saint-Germain – Week 20 Preview

Although they started 2015 in third place, Paris Saint-Germain could go top of Ligue 1 on Saturday afternoon with a win at the Stade Armand-Cesari. Marseille slip in Montpellier means that Laurent Blanc’s side start Saturday’s game only three points short of l’OM, but they will need to show their own change in attitude if they want to beat Ghislain Printant’s islanders. Bastia started the New Year with a wonderful cup win over Lille and…

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Coupe de France Preview: Le Poiré-sur-Vie v Stade Plabennec

Le Poiré-sur-Vie are easily one of the most likeable clubs in France. The name sort of translates to The Pear on Life…how can you dislike a club that’s a pear? They also play not far from La Rochelle (favourite city of anyone who learnt French using Tricolore), so well worth a visit. On the football pitch things haven’t been going so well. The strikers are yet to ripen and the defence has gone to mush….

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