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Lens stay firm with €25m ask for Loïc Badé

L’Équipe report that Ligue 1 side Lens are holding firm with their €25m demand for 21-year-old French central defender Loïc Bade, following several offers from Rennes that fell well below this valuation, the highest being €13m + €2m in bonuses.

Lens are hoping to keep the player, contracted to them until 2023, for at least another campaign – AC Milan, Brighton and Villarreal are also interested though.

SRFC have also looked at their former player and current Clermont defender Cedric Hountondji, making a formal approach for the 27-year-old. The newly-promoted to Ligue 1 side have however so far refused to engage in any talks, knowing how important the Frenchman will be to their chances of survival in 2021/22.

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