Bournemouth Target Djilobodji confirms negotiations with unnamed club

Speaking to Senegalese sports daily Stades, FC Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji has revealed today that directors from an unnamed European club are currently in discussions with his agent over a possible move during the current transfer window. 

The Senegalese international is currently on holiday in his native country, but he gave the interview ahead of his return to Brittany to recommence training with Michel Der Zakarian’s side at their La Jonelière complex. The imposing central defender has been heavily linked with a move to Bournemouth and the club’s directors are believed to have entered formal discussions with their counterparts in Nantes. In addition to English interest, it has also been reported that the twenty-six-year-old defender, whose contract expires in the summer of 2016, has attracted interest from Celtic, Olympique de Marseille and a host of Bundesliga clubs.

Despite the certainty of the fans’ favourite’s probable departure from the Stade de la Beaujoire, Djilobodji remained tight-lipped when speaking about the club that he confirmed have been showing interest in him:

There is a club that I have been spoken to. It’s a European club but I can’t name them, or the league they play in or even less the country (that they come from).” 

Speaking about the stage at which negotiations had reached, Djilobodji added that discussion had gone very well and that both he and his agent are waiting for developments to happen. The defender, who has been an integral part of the Nantes set-up since he helped the side rise from Ligue 2 to once again becoming a settled regular Ligue 1 side, did give a slight hint to the fact that the interested club may be based outside of France. The twenty-two-year-old commented that his agent has been ‘travelling a lot’ whilst negotiations have been developing.

Brendan Macfarlane

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