Allardyce turns attentions to France

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Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is poised for a double raid on Marseille once the French league season ends this weekend.

Allardyce, trying to tie up a permanent deal for another Marseille player in centre-back Gael Givet following his recent loan spell at Ewood Park, is currently being linked with a move for Argentinian defender Renato Civelli.

However, the French club's Cameroon international Modeste M'Bami is potentially on the move to Rovers as a replacement for club legend Tugay. "There is real interest from Blackburn, and we can call it mutual as Modeste would welcome the possibility of joining them this summer," his agent Jean-Christophe Thouvenel told

"Moving to England attracts him and Blackburn are apparently interested in his profile - a sentinel in front of the defence, with an athletic impact.

"But I must say a Spanish club are also keen on his services. It is another option, but he is happy with the Blackburn possibility.

"Modeste is a free agent. There's nothing to pay for him, no transfer fee, and in terms of a work permit, he has a French passport, so everything is fine."

Allardyce is determined to beef up his defence after losing Andre Ooijer to PSV Eindhoven, whilst Zurab Khizanishvili is currently in talks with Galatasaray.

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