Ligue 1 side St Étienne’s manager Christophe Galtier’s January window priority remains French striker Andy Delort, according to France Football.
The former SM Caen man is currently stranded in Mexico, where he made a move this summer to Tigres, having been sold the idea by friend André-Pierre Gignac and agent Jean-Christophe Cano.
The first six months of his Mexican adventure have been diabolical, catastrophically failing to integrate into the starting XI and Delort is now seeking to return to France this month.
The problem? Tigres spent close to €8m to sign the player in summer and have little intention of letting him go.
Four Ligue 1 clubs have approached the player in a concrete way: Lorient and Toulouse, whose interest has been politely declined so far and Rennes and St Étienne.
St Étienne boss Christophe Galtier has sold the player the dream of playing against Manchester United in the Europa League and has promised him an immediate place in the starting XI, according to the report in the magazine.
Rennes however have greater financial capability this window, having sold Paul-Georges Ntep to Wolfsburg for just shy of €10m earlier on this month.
Talks continue between the relevant parties, will Tigres allow the player to leave on an initial loan deal with an option to buy? That is currently the player’s agent’s plan at least.