Lens eye striker
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lens boss Joel Muller is determined to maintain his stranglehold at the head of affairs, and has already snapped up Jacek Bak and Bouba Diop.
Zoumana Camara is also due to arrive at The Felix-Bolleart from Marseille in an exchange deal which will see Lamine Sakho moving to the South Coast.
With Sakho's impending departure, and the absence of several African players on international duty, Muller is in no mood to relinquish his iron grip at the top of the table.
Maoulida has netted five times this season for Montpellier and is a pacy French Under-23 international.
The 22-year-old has also caught the eye of Rennes, with Montpellier virtually resigned to selling him to ease their financial situation.
Meanwhile, Lens playmaker Stephane Pedron has been named Player of the Month for December, pipping Paris Saint Germain forward Barthomolew Ogbeche and Marseille midfielder Andre Luis to the award.