Bournemouth plot double Lorient swoop as they enter discussions over Enzo Le Fée move

According to Le Parisien, Bournemouth are in discussions with FC Lorient over the signing of midfielder Enzo Le Fée (22) – as they look to conclude a deal alongside the agreement already made for young striker Dango Ouattara (20). Whilst both parties are far from agreeing on a fee for the young midfielder, Benjamin Quarez reports that they are close to an overall agreement, with the English club pushing hard for a deal in the last few days.

As reported with the case of Ouattara, negotiations have been helped by the recent minority acquisition of 33% of FC Lorient by Bournemouth’s American owner Bill Foley – the club would otherwise struggle to attract the player to move to the 17th-placed Premier League side. 

It was reported by Santi Aouna previously that an agreement was reached between the Cherries and Les Merlus for the young striker worth €27.5m including add-ons. Reports that the striker had already left France were false, with the youngster turning up to training on Tuesday morning, as reported by Ouest-France. 

In the case of Le Fée Bournemouth are attracted by the profile of the midfielder, who has made 19 appearances for Lorient this season, scoring three goals and registering four assists. Lorient manager Régis Le Bris would like to keep the player, however, until the end of the season. 



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Marseille to include Bamba Dieng in potential Terem Moffi deal with Lorient

Ligue 1’s second-placed team Marseille have entered the race to sign Lorient striker Terem Moffi (23) and would be ready to include out-of-favour Senegalese forward Bamba Dieng (22) in a potential deal with the Brittany outfit, according to a report from Foot Mercato.

Earlier this Monday, L’Equipe claimed that OM would pursue a deal for Ligue 1’s second best goalscorer to bolster their attacking options. Marseille president Pablo Longoria and Marseille sporting director Javier Ribalta have both contacted the player’s entourage in order to lay the groundwork for a possible transfer. However, an offer is yet to be made, and it is accepted that it will take a significant financial outlay to conclude a deal.

But in order to reduce said outlay, OM would integrate Dieng as part of the deal. The Senegalese international, who scored against hosts Qatar at the World Cup, has been criticised lately by OM manager Igor Tudor regarding his cameo against Stade Rennais in a Coupe de France tie. The Croatian boss stated he “did not like the way he played and told him so” just after the win against Bruno Génésio’s team last Friday.

Dieng would welcome a new challenge and improved game time at Lorient, Foot Mercato report. But OM’s plan may be thwarted by Moffi’s desire to join OGC Nice, with whom he has already agreed personal terms. With Marseille entering the race to sign Moffi, the Ineos-owned club may have no choice but to go to a bidding war and improve their €20m offer for the Nigerian striker which will play right into Loïc Fery’s hands. Foot Mercato add that the Lorient president expects nothing less than a €25m fee for his forward.

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Ligue 1 predictions: Round 20


Raphaël: 102

Luke: 93

Game of the week: Olympique de Marseille v AS Monaco, Saturday 20:00 (UK)

Luke: Ligue 1 returns after last weekend’s Coupe de France action, and it is a gameweek laden with brilliant and difficult-to-predict fixtures. After Marseille’s thrilling late win at the Stade Louis II just before the World Cup break, Monaco face Les Phocéens again on Saturday night. Both are in good form and have the necessary firepower to win the game. Paris Saint-Germain versus Stade de Reims will also be a tight fixture. Christophe Galtier’s side haven’t been in top form since the return of domestic football, which Will Still remains undefeated with Reims. 

Elsewhere, FC Lorient take on Stade Rennais in the Breton Derby. Both will be hoping to reaffirm their European credentials. They will be looking to close RC Lens, who should make light work at a struggling ESTAC Troyes. In the battle of two of the most inconsistent sides in the division, Lille visit OGC Nice on Sunday. Goals are guaranteed with both sides in desperate need of points to close the gap to the European places. Buoyed by the arrival of their new caretaker manager Didier Digard, Nice could just have the edge. 

Raphaël’s full predictions:

Lorient 1-1 Rennes

Troyes 0-2 Lens

OM 3-1 Monaco

Nice 2-2 Lille

Auxerre 2-1 Montpellier

Brest 1-0 Angers

Clermont 1-1 Nantes

Strasbourg 1-2 Toulouse

Ajaccio 0-2 Lyon

PSG 3-2 Reims

Luke’s full predictions: 

Lorient 1-2 Rennes 

Troyes 0-3 Lens

Marseille 1-2 Monaco 

Nice 3-2 Lille 

Auxerre 0-0 Montpellier 

Brest 1-0 Angers

Clermont 2-0 Nantes

Strasbourg 3-1 Toulouse 

Ajaccio 0-2 Lyon 

PSG 0-0 Reims

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Official | Bristol City midfielder Han-Noah Massengo loaned to Auxerre

Auxerre have announced the five-month loan of Bristol City midfielder Han-Noah Massengo (21), the clubs have announced. The 21-year-old made 12 appearances for the Robins this season in all competitions. He has made a total of 110 appearances in midfield for the English side, and has registered three assists. He will be out of contract with the Championship side next June.

🆕 Han-Noah Massengo prêté à l’@AJA 🖊️Le jeune milieu de terrain français (21 ans) est prêté jusqu’à la fin de saison, sans option d’achat, par @BristolCityPlus d’infos 👉𝐖𝐞𝐥𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐇𝐚𝐧-𝐍𝐨𝐚𝐡 ! 🔵⚪️#TeamAJA

— AJ Auxerre (@AJA) January 30, 2023


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He previously played academy football at Monaco where he made 23 appearances for their U21 side and registered two assists. He is a flexible player who can play in multiple positions in midfield, playing 61 games in a more central positions with 38 appearances in a holding role. He was one of the youngest French players ever to play Champions League football with Monaco in 2018. He will wear the #80 jersey with the Yonne outfit. Auxerre were in the market for a midfielder after newly-signed Ghanaian international defensive midfielder Elisha Owusu (25) suffered a serious injury in training last week.

Laurent Blanc criticises Lyon players: “In their attitude, they lack aggression to score.”

Speaking following Olympique Lyonnais’s 0-0 draw against Brest last night in Ligue 1, manager Laurent Blanc was not best pleased with his players’ performances, especially in attack. Blanc says his players are lacking in their attitude going forward, and that there is a missing killer instinct within his attacking players. The following was transcribed by RMC Sport.

Blanc told the press that Lyon’s players lack the necessary “spontaneity and aggressiveness to score,” explaining that he sees “situations on the touchline, and I feel they are not going to make the right decisions”. The Frenchman then says “you have to be a killer” and that “once you have scored, the game changes completely,” highlighting that “you have to score the first goal, whether its a rebound, a header, a corner or free-kick.”

Lyon largely dominated the match against Brest in terms of possession but could not find the breakthrough against the Breton side to follow up their win against Ajaccio at the weekend with a 0-0 draw at home. 


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