Nonda wanted in England
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A MYSTERY Premiership club have launched an ambitious swoop for Monaco striker Shabani Nonda and are also aiming to hijack Birmingham City's bid to sign Franck Jurietti.
The English side, who occupied a spot in the top ten of last season's Premiership, have offered in excess of £6 million to capture Nonda and his Monaco team-mate Jurietti.
Nonda rattled in 26 goals in 35 appearances in Le Championnat last season as Monaco finished second in the table.
But Monaco have been demoted from the top flight due to financial irregularities, although the Principality club are appealing against the decision.
If they lose their fight for survival, it will surely spark a mass exodus from Stade Louis II with Nonda heading the queue for the exit door.
The African's agent is due to meet the Premiership outfit on Friday and expects a firm decision on the matter in the ensuing days.
"There is an offer from a Premier League club for Nonda and I have to meet the president tomorrow (on Friday)," Bruno Heiderscheid told planetfootball.com.
"I have had an offer for Nonda, which includes Jurietti. The club are in the top ten in the league, and the price is over £6 million for both of them.
"It is on a four-year contract basis for Nonda while Jurietti is on loan for the first year and the option of a further three years.
"I have to meet the president and then go back to Monaco to meet their president and this should take two or three days."
The leading candidates to sign Nonda could be Tottenham and Southampton with the former eager to bolster their strike-force.
Southampton may be interested due to the perennial speculation surrounding James Beattie's future on the South Coast and a proven goalscorer like Nonda would be an ideal replacement.
Nonda has previously stated Chelsea were keen on his services but The Blues would have to offload a forward before they could fund a move for the 26-year-old.
French defender Jurietti has been lined up for a switch to Birmingham in a similar deal to the one agreed with their unnamed Premiership rivals.
Jurietti has agreed terms to move to St Andrews with Heiderscheid awaiting a call from Blues boss Steve Bruce to finalise the deal.
He added: "I'm expecting a call from Steve Bruce, who has given me his word, and then we can close the deal.
"The deal has to be signed before the 17th due to the situation with Monaco regarding their relegation. They have accepted quite low financial conditions."