Rennes have confirmed Stephane Mbia is likely to be playing in the Premier League next season.
French giants Marseille have been linked with a move for the Cameroon midfielder, although English clubs are being credited with a strong interest in the 23-year-old.
Everton and Manchester City are reportedly leading the chase for Mbia with some quarters hinting The Toffees have already agreed a deal.
While Rennes sporting director Pierre Dreossi has confirmed Marseille have held initial transfer talks, he has also stated they are not prepared to match the club's valuation of the midfielder.
"It's true Marseille are very interested in Mbia and we have spoken and discussed figures, but what they are prepared to pay is not enough," said Dreossi.
"What I can say is that English clubs are leading the chase. They are ready to match our valuation."