Cisse to snub English overtures

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Djibril Cisse's agent has confirmed that the Liverpool striker will snub interest from three English clubs to join Marseille.

The French international spent the season on loan with l'OM and is now set on finalising a permanent move, despite interest from the Premier League.

West Ham, Portsmouth and Bolton had all shown interest in Cisse, according to his agent Ranko Stojic.

"Marseille is definitely the choice for Djibril," Stojic told the BBC. "I think the deal will happen on Friday or Saturday.

"I have been very busy this week - I caught six planes in two days - and I am sorry for the people I have not had the chance to call back, Mr Eggert Magnusson of West Ham for example.

"The Marseille option is the best choice for Djibril because of the Champions League.

"West Ham, Bolton and Portsmouth I understand are very, very good clubs but Djibril wants to play in the top level of European competition next season."

Marseille will be looking for Cisse to play a leading role in their UEFA Champions League campaign next season after losing attacking talisman Franck Ribery to Bayern Munich.