Valenciennes' top scorer Steve Savidan insists he must establish himself in Ligue 1 before making a high profile move abroad.
The 28-year-old striker has played an integral role in the newly promoted French side's superb start to the season so far.
VAFC currently occupy 10th place in the table, with Lens among a number of teams eyeing the emerging marksman.
Despite the increasing fame and interest, Savidan is adamant he must prove himself in the top flight before moving on.
"I have always wanted to play Ligue 1 football," Savidan told skysports.com exclusively.
"The game is much quicker than I was used to experiencing. But I think I have hit a higher level, just like the whole team.
"I think my style is based on competitiveness and hard work.
"At the moment, I have nothing against greater notoriety, but I have to keep my feet on the ground.
"I am interested in The Premiership, but firstly I will try to make an impact in Ligue 1. I need to adapt to the elite.
"Manchester United are my favourite English club because Eric Cantona played there."
Valenciennes will be looking to keep up their impressive start to the new campaign away against 15th-placed Lorient on Saturday.