Nancy aim to fill Zerka gap

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Nancy have stepped up their attempts to find a forward in the January transfer window after seeing Moncef Zerka suffer a horrific injury.

The Nancy star is expected to be sidelined for seven months after sustaining a double fracture of the leg in the very first challenge of the club's Coupe de France tie against Lens on Saturday.

Zerka has already been operated on and, after suffering an identical injury to the blow that ruled Djibril Cisse out of the World Cup, is now preparing for a lengthy convalescence.

"There was the kick-off, I ran to put Lens under pressure, I fell on the pitch and I can't remember anything else," said Zerka as he relived the horror injury.

"I will leave hospital on Wednesday and then I will wait one month before being able to put my foot on the ground again. In the best conditions, I will be able to run again in three months.

"That is really bad luck but I want to focus on my rehabilitation. I have a good state of mind but what makes me mad is the fact it will be so long."

With Zerka out for the rest of the season, Nancy are searching for attacking reinforcements as they look to sustain their challenge for a European finish.

Lens star Daniel Cousin has been immediately linked with a move, but Nancy are believed to favour a loan deal whilst the selling club are holding out for a ‚é¼4million (£2.7million) permanent switch.

Wisla Krakow's Pawel Brozek and Rennes' Youssouf Hadji are also reported targets, whilst an unnamed Argentinian hit-man is also under consideration.

"We are following closely an Argentinian player," chairman Jacques Rousselot told L'Est-Republican.

"He is tall and considered as a good goalscorer in his country."