RMC Sport and L’Équipe report that newly promoted to Ligue 1 side, RC Lens, are on the verge of closing a deal to sign 20-year-old central defender Loïc Badé from Ligue 2 outfit Le Havre.
Lens are in advanced talks with Badé over an initial 3-year professional contract, with an option to extend for a further year, he is still on a youth deal with current club Le Havre and his current contract is expiring in June.
Badé has played only 7 matches in Ligue 2 this season, but is hot property on the domestic market, with St Étienne also tracking his progress closely and their recruitment team having been impressed by his maturity at such a young age.
At the moment, RCL clearly lead the race. Badé was turned down by youth academies at Sochaux, OGC Nice, Rennes and PSG earlier in his youth career and looks poised to get the opportunity to prove them all wrong.
L’Équipe report that Montpellier, OGC Nice and Strasbourg are also vying for his signature.