Monaco close to Savidan swoop

Caen chairman expects to agree fee for striker's sale

Savidan: Set to join Monaco

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Monaco are close to agreeing a deal with relegated Caen to sign experienced striker Steve Savidan.

The France international only joined Caen last summer from Valenciennes and scored 14 goals in Ligue 1 last term.

However, Caen's relegation has prompted speculation the club will cash in on Savidan, who signed a new contract in February to stay until 2012.

Caen have been discussing a possible sale with Monaco and it appears a fee in the region of 4million euros (£3.4million) is near to being settled upon.

Savidan, who turns 31 on Monday, is reported to have already agreed personal terms with Monaco and Caen chairman Jean-Francois Fortin expects a successful conclusion to the negotiations.

"It has improved," said Fortin. "I am in talks with Marc Keller (Monaco's sporting director) and we have each made concessions.

"I hope, and I believe, that later on Monday a solution will be found."