Toulouse to snatch Gignac
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Toulouse look set to snap up Andre-Pierre Gignac from under the noses of Lille.Toulouse look set to snap up Andre-Pierre Gignac from under the noses of Lille.
The Lorient striker seemed set for a move to Lille after he agreed a four-year contract, after the two clubs struck a deal worth around £3million.
However, Toulouse, who can offer UEFA Champions League football next term, stepped in with a late offer, and the 21-year-old now has his heart set on a move to the Pink City.
"In my mind I am a Toulouse player," Gignac told L'Equipe.
"Toulouse contacted me just after Lille, and they offered me the chance to play Champions League.
"I respect Lille a lot, its officials and coach Claude Puel, but I am 21-years-old and I have just become a father and by joining Toulouse I will be closer to my family. It is not a matter of money.
"Toulouse coach Elie Baup called me four or five times - however, I never talked to Lille coach Claude Puel.
"I have nothing against him, but it helped make the difference.
"Baup gave me sporting guarantees. If I am good, I will play behind Johan Elmander.
"I hope to be present at the Toulouse training sessions on June 29."
Lille chairman Michel Seydoux refuses to accept defeat in a battle he already looks to have lost.
"We agreed with the player and his club," he said.
"We have always remained calm. Anyway, Lorient people are loyal to their words. However there is a strange position from Toulouse. The methods are odd. I hope the player will be present for training."