Istres want Bakari
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Istres are in talks to sign former Tottenham Hotspur target Dagui Bakari from Lens.
Bakari rejected a move to White Hart Lane last summer when he was wanted by Spurs to provide short-term cover for their squad.
The 30-year-old, though, has endured a frustrating season with Lens and has made just six substitute appearances in Ligue 1.
He is now wanted by bottom club Istres, who are keen to strengthen their strike-force for the second half of the campaign.
Istres chairman Bertrand Benoit is believed to have spoken to his Lens counterpart Gervais Martel regarding a loan deal for Bakari.
Meanwhile, Istres coach Mecha Bazdarevic is fighting to save his job after guiding the team to just one win in 19 matches in Ligue 1 this term.
Reports suggest Bazdarevic is soon to be replaced with former Istres striker Xavier Gravelaine being appointed in tandem with Jean-Louis Gasset.