FC Nantes are understood to have drawn out the contours of a two year contract for René Girard as they search for a manager to replace Michel der Zakarian next season.
They initially approached Lens boss Antoine Kombouaré, only to be rebuffed by the Frenchman who is hoping to experience management abroad.
Jocelyn Gourvennec and Philippe Montanier are also individuals to have been contacted, but after meeting with Girard last week, Nantes appear to be pressing on for the former Montpellier manager.
While Les Canaris have not officially presented him with a binding offer, they are optimistic that Girard will respond favourably to their latest overtures.
The ball is in Girard’s camp, unless Nantes can strum up a better alternative between now and then.