Want-away winger Sylvain Marveaux could still complete a move to Liverpool after Rennes chiefs admitted he would never again play for the Ligue 1 club.
The 24-year-old Frenchman emerged as an Anfield target in the January transfer window after the arrival of Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli.
Comolli was thought to be keen on using his contacts in France to persuade the player that Liverpool was the place to be, and Marveaux was reportedly in the Director’s box at Anfield for Liverpool’s home defeat against Wolves back in November.
Searching for a move away from France, Marveaux was left out-in-the-cold at Route de Lorient, rarely featuring for Les Rouges et Noirs this season.
And having now been ruled out for the rest of the campaign with a groin injury, Rennes General Manager Pierre Dreossi admitted, “We will never see Sylvain Marveaux in the jersey of Rennes again.”
The former France Under-21 international has spent his entire career to date at Rennes, but with his contract set to expire in the summer Liverpool now look to be the favourites to land the player’s signature.
According to skysports.com, Marveaux’s representatives have already entered discussions with a number of potential suitors.
Should Marveaux make the switch to Anfield, he is likely to provide Liverpool with an exciting attacking option – possessing bags of creative ability as well as an eye for goal.
Newcastle United had also expressed an interest in the former France U-21 international, with Alan Pardew looking to use some of the money generated from the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool to considerably improve his current wage.
But that offer looks to have been placed on hold with Marveaux now likely to be heading to Anfield in time for next season.