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ALIOUNE TOURE met with his representatives this week and the Nantes forward who played infrequently last season, seems set for a loan deal.

Leeds United and Grasshoppers Zurich were interested in the 22-year-old, although it is believed he wants to stay in Le Championnat.

On Friday, Strasbourg sport director, Marc Keller, admitted Bastia and Rennes made offers for Pegguy Luyindula, but were determined to be 'insufficient'.

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old starlet said: "Rennes made an offer. I also had contact with Lyon, but I think there were no offers made.  Like every player of the squad, I would prefer to play in Division One, but it's my job, I have to make every effort."

L'OM forward, Pablo Calandria has been loaned to Spanish side Malaga. The 19-year-old Argentinian was loaned last year to Lens.

Metz forward, Patricio D'Amico has been loaned for one year to Wasquehal.  The Argentinian player impressed the Division Two side after a trial during last week.

It is believed that Didier Deschamps wants to enforce his Monaco side after a disappointing start to Le Championnat - a 1-0 home defeat to promoted side Sochaux.

Valencia's Joachim Bjorklund, Internazionale's Vratislav Gresko and Benoit Cauet, Toulouse's Victor Bonilla, and Luyindula have been mentioned as possible targets.