If you listen to reports in the French press it would seem that Rennes midfielder Yacine Brahimi is looking to move away from Stade Rennais and has handed in a transfer request.
Combine that with our penchant for all things French in terms of transfer policy and you have another French player who is being linked with a move to us.
Will it happen? Heaven only knows as to be honest we’ve been linked with dozens of players already and the transfer is still yet to open officially. Is this just another in the long line of transfer links that never come to fruition or is there something genuine in us being linked with Brahimi? Time will tell whether or not we see a former team-mate of Sylvain Marveaux appear at St James’ Park.
Brahimi has two years left on his Rennes contract so would cost a bit of cash if we were interested in landing him. At the age of 22 he has represented France at all youth levels and currently plies his trade for the U21s at international level.
He is known as being “technically gifted” and was the subject of much interest after graduating from the famous Clairefontaine academy where he elected to join Rennes citing that he was impressed with the ability to continue his studies whilst playing football at the club.
All in all he’s made 48 appearances for Rennes (with another 34 for Ligue 2 side Clermont prior to that) scoring six goals at Ligue 1 level. The boy has skills, as you can see from this Dennis Wise style video.
The fee required varies according to which report you pick up at any given time, with somewhere in the region of 4-8 million Euros being required to seal any deal. We aren’t the only ones (apparently) interested in him either as Bundesliga outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach, although they are also said to be interested in former Blackburn midfielder Junior Hoilett.
Personally I would prefer Hoilett as he has proved he can cut it in the Premier League, but I think Bracimi would prove to be a belting plan b if, in the likely event it has to be said, that the club don’t share my view.
Your thoughts please…