Transfer news

Toulouse open to Capoue offers

June 7, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Premier League clubs chasing Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue have been told they only need make the Ligue 1 outfit the right offer to capture the France international.

Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty ImagesEtienne Capoue was a transfer target for QPR in January

Currently on Les Bleus' tour of South America, Capoue, has been strongly linked with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton, and will likely make the return trip across the Atlantic before heading for England after Toulouse president Olivier Sadran admitted he would not now veto the departure of a player he prevented joining QPR in January.

"We didn't let Capoue leave this winter for €12 million because we felt that we still needed him," Sadran told the media at an end-of-season press conference.

"This time, he'll leave if a club makes us a good offer, but there has not been one for the moment."

To help fill the void left by Capoue, Sadran acknowledged he hoped to keep one-time Manchester City youth academy midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who joined Toulouse on loan from Paris Saint-Germain in January.

He also warned clubs off last season's top scorer, Wissam ben Yedder, after the 22-year-old forward recently suggested his future was unclear.

"He'll stay with Toulouse unless a madman comes along with a sum that we could live off for ten years. But there's no chance of that happening, so he'll stay."