Bolton spy on France star

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Bolton Wanderers are one of a number of clubs keeping tabs on highly-rated Bordeaux star Rio Mavuba.

The midfielder would represent an ambitious target for Sam Allardyce's side but the fact that the Lancashire club are looking to seal a place in Europe next term will presumably boost their pulling power.

Mavuba is becoming frustrated with Les Girondins' failure to reach Europe themselves and Bolton spies were joined by representatives from Internazionale, Besiktas and Racing Santander at Stade Chaban-Delmas last Saturday.

The 2-0 defeat to Strasbourg leaves Bordeaux in 12th place in Le Championnat and Mavuba is clearly not pleased with the situation.

"I want to play for the top spot in the table," he told France Football. "We have everything here to achieve that. The group of the four best teams, to compete with them.

"As with the other players, I want to have those ambitions.

"I feel like a Bordeaux player, but I would like the club to build a team to achieve something and not only reach the mid-table."

The France international is under contract until 2009 and has also been linked with Real Madrid in the past.