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Nantes confirm interest in out-of-favour Wiltord

November 6, 2008

Nantes sporting director Christian Lariepe has revealed his club are studying the possibility of signing Sylvain Wiltord from Rennes.

The 34-year-old former Arsenal striker has found playing time hard to come by with his current employers, who he joined in 2007, and may be released from the club in order to join Nantes before the January transfer window.

Lariepe reportedly met with Wiltord in Paris on Tuesday to discuss the move, and he confirmed in French newspaper L'Equipe that a deal could soon be reached with the former France international.

"We've never hidden that if we wanted to take on a player Sylvain would obviously be one of those who interested us," he said.

"He's someone who has more experience than anyone around, who knows the league well, and who fits more than ever into the group of attacking players who would bring us something extra.

"We know very well that it's never easy to recruit players at this time of year. However, it's true that Sylvain is not playing much at the moment and he could have the approval of Rennes (to make the move)."

Should Wiltord make the move he would team up once more with the man who was his coach at Bordeaux, Elie Baup, something which Lariepe believes will help smooth the deal.

However, he insisted talks were still at an early stage but that should the deal go ahead he would rather it happened sooner rather than later.

"Together with the coach we've defined the profile of the player we're looking for," he continued.

"At the moment the priority is to play and to give the current squad confidence. But it's true that if we decide to do this we need to do it quickly."