Balmont set for Nice
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nice look set to land Lyon's Florent Balmont for £1 million.Nice look set to land Florent Balmont after the player told Lyon he was not prepared to be a substitute this season.
Balmont has been told that Lyon will be willing to sell him to Nice for a fee of around £1 million.
The 24-year-old has agonised over the decision, but decided he was at an age that required regular first-team football.
"I stated my decision on Monday to the coach," said Balmont. "I told him that I want to play.
"If I was 20 I would have accepted staying on the bench of a big club, but I am 24.
"I thought about it a lot but I didn't want to be waiting for injury or suspension to get my chance.
"I have come to the conclusion that this is the best thing to do.
"I was feeling hopeful about a chance at Lyon a short time ago - and even extended my contract through to 2008."