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St Étienne dive into the market for a central midfielder

After a meeting between St Étienne’s staff held on Thursday, the club have decided to try and sign a central midfielder following Renaud Cohade’s long-term injury that he suffered against PSG in midweek. 

A list of targets is thought to have been drawn up to replace him, with the following individuals touted as contenders in the press:

Vincent Pajot: The young Rennes man’s contract expires at the end of the season and he has rejected extension offers from the Brittany side in recent weeks. He would be available for around €1m. 

Clement Chantome: The PSG outcast has privately indicated his desire to quit the club this month and, if Laurent Blanc can convince Adrien Rabiot to stay, then Chantome would be allowed to leave. It is possible that PSG would release him from the remaining 6 months of his contract, but Bordeaux are also interested in the player.

Didier Digard: OGC Nice midfielder Didier Digard wants to leave the club and his contract is also expiring at the end of the season. It is thought that Nice may be willing to sell him for a minimal fee this month, but Bordeaux are in advanced talks with the player. St Étienne would also perhaps be wiser to sign a younger player with a now ageing central midfield area of their squad. 

Landry Nguemo: The former Bordeaux man is currently a free agent after his proposed move to Lens fell through over wage demands. He would be the most cost effective option, but there are players of greater quality available at minimal prices.

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