Emana keeping options open
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Toulouse's Achille Emana is flattered by reported interest from Marseille.
Toulouse's want-away midfielder Achille Emana is flattered by reported interest from Marseille after missing out on a move to Portsmouth.
Pompey were close to landing the Cameroon international in a £2.4 million deal before work permit problems scuppered the move.
The 24-year-old remains hopeful he could yet end up in The Premiership, but with Marseille now in the frame he could remain in Ligue 1.
While no bid from the Stade Velodrome has been forthcoming, should l'OM firm up their interest - Emana would be interested in the switch.
"I have not been in contact with l'OM. I just want to say that if they call me, I can't refuse an offer from such a club," Achille told skysports.com.
"But right now nothing is being done. I'm just reading about it in the press. My representative hasn't had anything new.
"The only possibility for me is Portsmouth, but we have been discussing them since May 13. If they wanted to sign me, they would have done so by now.
"If they are still interested in me, they have to do what is necessary.
"Toulouse still trust me, so staying is not a problem. I have started training with them and I am prepared to stay."