Lorient up for Gameiro fight
President hoping to persuade striker to sign a new contract
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: March 2, 2011 12:09pm
Gameiro: In demand
Lorient president Loic Fery remains determined to keep highly-rated striker Kevin Gameiro at the club next season.
Gameiro has a further year to run on his current contract and was a target for Bordeaux and Valencia during the January transfer window.
West Ham United have also previously been linked with a bid for the 23-year-old and Fery will not give up on trying to persuade Gameiro to sign a new contract.
"He has 18 months remaining on his contract so we can imagine three possibilities - he will remain until the end of his contract, he will be transferred next summer or he will extend at Lorient," Fery told L'Equipe.
"We made important efforts, fruitless so far, to try to extend with him, but I am not the kind of man to give up. I have not abandoned it.
"I can understand Kevin wants to aspire to something else. If, at the end of the season, we can help him to reach a new sporting level, we will do it, but not at the cost of the club.
"In January, Lorient could have given its agreement to some offers, but there was no agreement with the players. As long as there is no consent between the three parties, the contracts will be fulfilled."
Fery is also hoping that Morgan Amalfitano will agree to sign a new contract, adding: "Morgan is also very much in demand. Our priority is to extend with him.
"He is asking himself some questions. While he has the desire to leave, he has realised something has happened at Lorient."