Foot Mercato are reporting that RC Lens forward Loïs Openda (22) turned down an approach from a Premier League club during the January transfer window.
Openda only joined Le Sang et Or in the summer, arriving from Club Brugge for just under €10m. The Belgian international had the difficult task of replacing the departed Arnaud Kalimuendo, whose loan spell from Paris Saint-Germain came to an end. The PSG academy product ultimately joined Stade Rennais in the summer.
In 21 Ligue 1 appearances, Openda already has nine goals, and has registered one assist in a Lens side that continue to defy expectations. The club, despite their first home loss of the season at the hands of OGC Nice, are still on the Ligue 1 podium, and look on course to secure European football of some form this season.
Openda’s form has been particularly eye-catching, to the extent that after just six months, a “big” Premier League side tried to tempt him away from Ligue 1 during the January transfer window. The unnamed Premier League approached the player personally during the transfer window, according to Foot Mercato. However, the player, happy at Lens, politely turned down the approach in order to see the season out with Lens.
GFFN | Luke Entwistle