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Ciani favours Prem switch

Lorient defender set to shun Ligue 1 offers for Premier League

By Patrick Haond.   Last Updated: 10/06/09 6:57pm

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Ciani: On the move

Ciani: On the move

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Michael Ciani has admitted that he is likely to leave Lorient this summer with the Premier League his favoured destination.

The 25-year-old has attracted interest from fellow Ligue 1 sides Bordeaux and PSG after an impressive season in the French top flight.

However, reports in France suggest that Premier League duo Bolton and Fulham are readying bids and the defender admits he would jump at the chance to move to England.

Ciani is likely to cost in the region of 3million Euros and despite a preference to move across the Channel he insists he would be happy to remain in France.

"If I have to stay in France, it would only be for such big clubs, otherwise I would prefer to go abroad," he told Aujourd'hui Sport.

"I heard about interest from Paris. It is a very good trail for me. I am happy to see big clubs are attracted.

"I know coach Antoine Kombouare (new PSG manager) has appreciated me as he already wanted to sign me when he was at Valenciennes.

"There are clubs interested so I will surely leave Lorient this summer."

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