Bordeaux have confirmed a deal to take midfielder Julien Faubert, who had been interesting Rangers, to West Ham is very close to being finalised.

Initially courted by the Gers, Faubert now looks set to be presented as a Hammers player.

Asked to confirm reports that a deal had been struck, Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud said: "It´s true that we have very advanced contacts with West Ham but there are still some formalities to tie up. The medical still has to take place and the player has to reach terms with the club [West Ham]."

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