ROVERS TARGET FRENCH ACE
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Souness is a little short in this defensive area and he is keen to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season.
Norwegian Stig-Inge Bjornebye is the only recognised left-sided full back at the club and Souness wants to bring a top-class player to boost his options.
Kante suffered relegation with Strasbourg last season and he could be keen on a move away to play in England's top-flight.
The 21-year-old is highly-rated, but the French club would be prepared to sell him to bring in some much-needed funds.
Souness has already missed out on Liverpool's Djimi Traore after baulking at the Anfield club's £4 million valuation of the Frenchman.
The former Southampton manager has seen a bid for Birmingham City's highly-rated left back Martin Grainger rejected, but he could rekindle his interest in the player, hoping the lure of The Premiership may persuade him to leave St Andrews.