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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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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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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Coupe de France Preview: AS Saint-Etienne v AS Nancy

Pablo Correa, in charge of Nancy for what seems like the 100th time, takes his side to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Sunday and the Ligue 2 side should be full of optimism of causing a shock, although current form will have them worried. Despite sitting in sixth place, well within reach of the promotion places, it has all gone suddenly downhill. In November, ASNL were enjoying a nine-game unbeaten run, but then an injury time winner…

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PREVIEW: Saint-Etienne v Evian Thonon Gaillard – Week 19

PREVIEW: Saint-Etienne v Evian Thonon Gaillard – Week 19

Christophe Galtier’s Saint-Etienne side will try and end the year on a year, avoiding defeat against Evian will see them unbeaten in the last six games and potentially four points clear of AS Monaco in fourth place. It will be difficult for Les Verts to mount an attack on the top three, but with no Europa League football in the New Year, it’s not unthinkable. Victory over Evian at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard would be the…

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PREVIEW: Nice v Saint-Etienne – Week 18

PREVIEW: Nice v Saint-Etienne – Week 18

Sunday’s Ligue 1 action kicks off at the Allianz Riviera as Claude Puel’s Nice host high-flying Saint-Etienne. After their fantastic 3-0 win over rivals Lyon, Les Verts are one of the in-form teams in the league right now, but will travel to the south of France after their defeat to Dnipro saw them eliminated from the Europa League. Last weekend Nice beat Caen 3-2 at the Stade Michel d’Ornano; it was their first win in six…

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Europa Euround-up : Beauvue brace keeps the Ligue 1 end up

Europa Euround-up : Beauvue brace keeps the Ligue 1 end up

The last group game in both European competitions and with only one team (PSG) sure of progressing to the next round, some tension in the air. The midweek of destiny was upon us. On Tuesday, Monaco welcomed Zenit St Petersburg to the Stade Louis II needing a point to progress, and ended up topping the group after a 2-0 win as Bayer Leverkusen downed tools and drew 0-0 away at Benfica. With a back four of…

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Have Saint-Etienne Lost Their Emerald Shine?

Have Saint-Etienne Lost Their Emerald Shine?

I whisper it but for the first time in maybe four or five seasons, I find myself unenthused with regard to Saint-Etienne, almost to the point of being disappointed with them. Seemingly everyone’s second favourite Ligue 1 team (Lyon fans aside!), it feels odd to criticise a team who sit 6th in the table and have only lost three league matches all season. However, after consecutive league finishes of 10th, 7th, 5th and a 4th…

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