St Etienne eye Le Mans midfielder
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
St Etienne are targeting Le Mans midfielder Yohann Hautcoeur to replace Didier Zokora.
Le Mans midfielder Yohann Hautcoeur has emerged as a possible replacement for the departed Didier Zokora at St Etienne.
The 24-year-old Frenchman is believed to be a fan of Les Verts and has labelled a possible switch to the club as a "dream move".
"Yohann is under contract until 2007 and he is not on our transfer list," said Le Mans chairman Henri Legarda to Ouest-France.
"However, I am not closed to negotiations.
"I am waiting for effort from St Etienne, as his experience has a price.
"They have to decide before the end of July, then I will close the file.
"It is a dream move, I understand that and if he leaves, I will miss him. We will have to replace him as he is a key player."
Les Verts are believed to be preparing a é¼1.5 million offer and a four-year-deal.
The midfielder made 35 appearances for Le Mans last term, scoring three goals.