Maoulida keen on Prem move

Striker suggests it is 50/50 that he could leave Lens

Maoulida: Premier League link

Lens striker Toifilou Maoulida has expressed an interest in moving to England after admitting it is '50/50' that he could leave his current club.

Maoulida has struggled to establish himself in Lens' starting line-up this season, although he did score the winner against Compeigne in the Coupe de France on Saturday.

He has been linked with a switch to the Premier League, with Stoke City, West Ham United and Wigan Athletic mooted as admirers.

The 30-year-old insists he is not desperate to quit Lens, but is tempted by the opportunity to secure a transfer to English football.


"I'm waiting to see," he told L'Equipe.

"I've had a discussion with my managers recently. They have set a deadline of Wednesday.

"I am in favour of the Lens project but the situation is complicated.

"If an English club give me this opportunity then why not? The English league has always interested me. It's 50/50 at the moment."

Maoulida, who also lists Montpellier and Marseille among his former teams, joined from Auxerre in January 2008 and immediately made his mark with a 40-yard goal on his debut.

He opted to remain at Lens despite their relegation and was the club's top scorer last season as he helped fire them to promotion with one of the best goal hauls in Ligue 2.