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With so many French players based in Britain and around the world, we update you on the latest happenings

January 14, 2005

Fiorese eyeing Prem move
Marseille rebel Fabrice Fiorese is keen on a move to the Premiership. The former Paris Saint-Germain star was axed by Philippe Troussier for the victory over Lille, prompting talk of a transfer. "I came to OM to earn my place in the team and win trophies," he said. "A move to England is possible. I’d love the challenge. But I wouldn’t want to leave like this. I feel I haven’t achieved and I’d certainly have regrets."

Van Bommel in demand
Marc Van Bommel is a wanted man, with both Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham interested. The PSV midfielder has been a long term target for Spurs, but PSG will fight them all the way with boss Vahid Halilhodzic said to be a big fan. If no deal is agreed in January, the Dutchman will be available on a Bosman in the summer.

El Karkouri looks to Europe
Talal El Karkouri believes that Charlton can qualify for Europe. The Moroccan defender is the club’s top scorer after signing in a £1m deal last summer from Paris Saint-Germain. He said: "I think we work hard and there is no reason why we cannot qualify for the UEFA Cup."

Laville set for Bolton exit
Florent Laville could be set for a return to le Championnat. The Bolton defender helped Wanderers stay in the Premiership in 2003 whilst on loan from Lyon, before joining on a permanent basis. But a serious knee injury has seen him make just ten appearances since and he has now been placed on the transfer list by boss Sam Allardyce.

January 13, 2005

Malbranque on the move
Fulham star Steed Malbranque could be set to leave Craven Cottage after boss Chris Coleman dropped the former Lyon midfielder. Middlesbrough are thought to be keen on the Frenchman after Gaizka Mendieta was ruled out for the season. Aston Villa are also interested, although the £5m asking price could prove a stumbling block.

Dacourt interest confirmed
Aston Villa have confirmed that they are interested in signing Olivier Dacourt. It’s understood that West Bromwich Albion made an offer but the Roma ace rejected it due to their precarious League position. Dacourt would rather join a top-five club, which makes Villa a possible destination.

Plessis handed Toffees chance
Lens youngster Guillaume Plessis has been handed a trial at Everton. The 19-year-old midfielder has yet to play for the Lens first team but has been a regular for France at youth level. Boss David Moyes is keen to add numbers to one of the Premiership’s smallest squads.

January 12, 2005

Bolton chase Faye
Sam Allardyce is the latest manager to express an interest in Portsmouth’s Amdy Faye. The Bolton manager, who has seen his side slide down the Premiership table after an impressive start, is keen on signing the Senegalese international. Allardyce confirmed: "He is a player I am very interested in."

Dacourt on the move?
Olivier Dacourt could be set for a return to the Premiership. The French international has previously played in England for Everton and Leeds before making his move to Serie A side Roma. Dacourt’s agent revealed: "We cannot deny that a number of teams are asking about him. We received an offer from England but the squad did not meet his satisfaction." Middlesbrough are thought to head the queue of potential suitors.

Mido in demand
Roma striker Mido could be on his way to the Premiership. The former Marseille player only joined the Stadio Olimpico club last summer, but a succession of managerial changes have seen the Egyptian fall out of favour. A move to the Premiership now beckons, according to the player’s agent: "We are looking for a loan and it is true that Southampton are looking for some solution. Tottenham are also keen and Frank Arnesen knows all about Mido from his time in Holland."

Bellion apology
David Bellion feels that he and his Manchester United teammates owe Sir Alex Ferguson an apology for their inept display against Exeter in the FA Cup. United drew 0-0 with the non-League side, prompting Bellion to say: "I totally understand why the manager has apologised to the fans but maybe we could have apologised to him. We played really badly. We were not lively and, personally, I was really disappointed with the way I played."

January 11, 2005

Elber alert
Giovane Elber could be set for a move to the Premiership once he recovers from an ankle operation. The 32-year-old has been replaced in the Lyon squad by Nilmar, who takes the final non-EU slot in the squad - leaving Elber in limbo. But the former Bayern Munich star could join a Premiership side after the transfer window if Lyon agree to cancel his contract. He should be fit again by late February.

Vignal open to offers
Liverpool defender Gregory Vignal has claimed that he is a transfer target for Rangers and Marseille. The 23-year-old has spent this season on loan at Ibrox and, whilst he will be happy to stay in Scotland permanently, he is aware of the interest from elsewhere. Vignal revealed: "Everyone knows that Marseille have tried to sign me but I don’t know what Liverpool or Rangers want to do, so I will see what happens."

Anelka snubs Les Bleus
Nicolas Anelka has revealed that his ambitions lie solely in club football at present. The Manchester City striker has not played for Les Bleus since 2002, forcing him to change his thinking. He said: "My aim is to give my best for City and to find a great club again. People expect me to be judged on my performances and I know what I can bring to the French team. But Les Bleus is not an aim anymore."

Bernard fears for future
Olivier Bernard has revealed that his future is likely to be away from St James’ Park. The Newcastle left back is out of contract in the summer and talks over a new deal have reportedly stalled due to his pay demands. "The way they are treating me, it seems they want me out," he said. "But I will see out my contract until the end of the season, whether they play me or not."

January 10, 2005

Saints look to Ljuboja
Southampton are eyeing up a move for Danijel Ljuboja. The Paris SG hitman is unsettled at the Parc des Princes and it is thought that the French club would allow him to leave on loan for the rest of the season. Saints are keen to strengthen their attack after losing James Beattie to Everton.

Robert keen on new deal
Newcastle winger Laurent Robert is looking to extend his spell in the North-East. The enigmatic Frenchman is out of contract in 2006 and there have been several reports of a bust up between himself and Newcastle boss Graeme Souness. However, Willie McKay, Robert’s agent, insisted: "Laurent wants to extend his contract. It’s now up to Souness, and there’s not been a problem between them."

Boumsong revelation
Jean-Alain Boumsong, an £8m signing from Rangers, has revealed that he nearly joined Newcastle on a free transfer last summer. The former Auxerre centre-back said: "I knew Newcastle were interested in me last season. There were all sorts of things going on regarding a move but in the end nothing happened."

Big Sam backs Fadiga
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has given his backing to Khalilou Fadiga. The former Auxerre player has suffered from heart problems recently - resulting in a defibrillator being fitted. Allardyce is happy to play Fadiga as long as medical experts allow him to. He said: "It’s a great thing to give someone an opportunity to continue to play professional football. The only thing Khali and his wife want is for him to play professional football."

January 8, 2005

Saints youngsters on the move
Leandre Griffit has joined Leeds United in a one-month loan deal. The Southampton winger has only made three appearances this season and he will welcome regular first team football - even though it means dropping down a Division. Joining him out the door at St Mary’s is Yoann Folly. The 19-year-old has joined Coca-Cola Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest on loan.

Okocha’s African accolade
Bolton midfielder Jay Jay Okocha has been named as the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year for 2004. The former Paris St Germain playmaker just edged out Barcelona and Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o after a stunning performance at the African Nations Cup. Okocha scored four times and helped Nigeria to third place at the tournament. Okocha also won the award in 2003, making him the first player to lift the honour twice.

Newcastle Mull over deal
Newcastle are reported to be preparing a deal to bring Patrick Muller to St James’ Park. Muller has been released by Real Mallorca, despite only joining the club last summer from Lyon. Tottenham are also interested in the 28-year-old Swiss international.

January 7, 2005

Barca confirm Kanoute interest
Frederic Kanoute could be set for a shock move to Barcelona. The Mali international has been in fine form for Tottenham of late and, with Henrik Larsson ruled out for the rest of the season, Barca could be ready to swoop. The former Lyon striker has not been involved in Europe this season, making him eligible for Barca’s Champions’ League push.

Celtic keen on Christanval
Celtic manager Martin O’Neil is preparing to launch a loan bid for defender Philippe Christanval. The former Barcelona player, 26, is set to leave Marseille in January but Celtic face stiff competition from Blackburn and Southampton.

Saints linked with Pamarot
Tottenham defender Noe Pamarot is a target for Southampton. The French defender, who only joined in the summer, could be heading for an early exit if Spurs sign Chelsea’s Glen Johnson. Coach Martin Jol revealed: "They have made an enquiry. Maybe something will happen in the next couple of days, I don’t know."

Saha close to comeback
After two months on the sidelines, Manchester United striker Louis Saha could return for the Carling Cup semi final first leg against Chelsea next week. Saha has been suffering with a knee injury that was expected to keep him out until late January. "I’ve started training this week," he stated. "The Carling Cup is a realistic target but I have to be 100 percent fit."

QPR linked with Candela
Vincent Candela has been linked with a shock move to Coca-Cola Championship side QPR. The former France international has been at Roma for seven years but he rarely features under boss Gigi Del Neri. His agent has revealed that a move to England could be on the cards, with QPR the first side to an express interest. Candela’s current contract expires in the summer.

January 6, 2005

Toffees keen on Emmanuel
Everton boss David Moyes is said to be preparing a loan move for Monaco striker Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togo international has fallen out of favour with Didier Deschamps and is keen to move on. But Everton face stiff competition with Toulouse and Paris Saint-Germain also showing an interest.

Elana denies City link
Caen ‘keeper Steve Elana has denied that he is joining Manchester City. The former Marseille player is available for nothing in the summer but he’s set to sign a three-year extension with his current club.

Juan given Ipswich opportunity
Monaco youngster Jimmy Juan is looking to secure a loan move to Ipswich Town, after being offered a trial at Portman Road. Despite making the squad for much of Monaco’s Champions’ League run last season, Juan has found himself unable to break into the first team picture this season.

Liverpool face Morientes competition
Lyon have become the latest side to join the hunt for Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes, although Liverpool remain favourites. Morientes, who spent last season on loan at Monaco, is also wanted by Newcastle.

Pires set for Les Bleus return
France Coach Raymond Domenech has revealed that Robert Pires will be welcomed back into the French squad with open arms. The Arsenal winger missed November’s friendly with Poland after criticising Domenech’s tactics. The player has also previously come under fire from fans for not reproducing his form at Arsenal when on international duty.

January 5, 2005

Le Tallec on the move?
Liverpool striker Anthony Le Tallec, currently on loan to Saint-Etienne, is reported to be on his way back to England. Le Tallec has only made six appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit this season, and it is thought that Premiership strugglers Norwich and West Brom are competing for the Frenchman’s services for the remainder of the campaign.

Diouf spitting controversy
Bolton striker El-Hadji Diouf is at the centre of yet another spitting row. The former Lens player has already served a domestic ban this season for spitting at Portsmouth’s Arjan de Zeeuw. Prior to that, whilst a Liverpool player, he was fined by UEFA for spitting at a Celtic fan during a Cup tie. The latest incident allegedly happened after Diouf scored for Bolton against Birmingham. Furious Birminham fans reported the Senegalese international to stewards, claiming that they were spat at and the complaints were passed on to referee Uriah Rennie.

Anelka injured?
Manchester City striker Nicolas Anelka, said to be a target for Liverpool, missed Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal due to injury- and not an imminent transfer. City boss Kevin Keegan has denied that the former PSG and Arsenal star is on his way out of the club to ease debts. He said: "I can honestly say that we’ve had absolutely no contact from anybody about Nicolas Anelka. If that changes and they (Liverpool) rang up and the offer was massive, we would let him go. But we owe £5m on him, so they’d better have plenty of money."

Yahiaoui turns down move
Marseille youngster Ahmed Yahiaoui has turned down a move to Chelsea in order to continue his footballing education in France. Yahiaoui is rated as one of the most promising youngsters of his generation after helping France win the European Under-17 Championship last year. Yahiaoui said: "I made my choice, but I have not given my reply to the English officials yet."

Henry given new role
Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has been appointed as one of FIFA’s ambassadors against racism. Henry has often spoke out against the racism in football and the Frenchman found himself the victim of a racist comment by Spain Coach Luis Aragones earlier this season. When quizzed about the appointment of Henry, Sepp Blatter revealed: "I am happy that a young man such as Thierry Henry is willing to perform such a duty."

Villa pull out of Faye deal
Aston Villa have declared that they will not be pursuing their interest in Portsmouth midfielder Amdy Faye, making Middlesbrough favourites for his signature. Faye, signed by Pompey from Auxerre in 2003, was thought to have been on the brink of joining Villa after his agent claimed that a medical examination had already been passed. But Villa chairman Doug Ellis denied the deal, saying: "Our manager has decided not to pursue the player. So we move on."



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