Marseille favourites for Christanval
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bolton Wanderers are also keen on Barcelona misfit Christanval, but Trotters manager Sam Allardyce admits l'OM are now favourites to snap up the Frenchman.
"He pleases us well," admitted Marseille's Christophe Bouchet.
"He is one of the better French players in his position.
"L'OM? This would not be bad for him. And mutually too."
The centre back is currently on Cote d'Azur with a physical trainer in order to improve his fitness levels.
Belgian stopper van Buyten is expected to sign a new contract at Stade Velodrome, despite attracting plenty of interest from elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Marseille could swap talented keeper Vedran Runje for Lyon's Gregory Coupet.
After an argument with the French champions, Coupet could join l'OM as opposed to Arsenal, who have other options in the transfer market.