Metz midfielder Ludovic Obraniak has emerged as a top target for Lille in January.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a superb season in Ligue 2 and is reported to be the subject of a é¼600,000 (£400,000) bid from Lille.
Obraniak will be a free agent in the summer but Metz officials remain hopeful he will sign an extension at the club.
"There is no Obraniak case," chairman Carlo Molinari said. "He is still under contract, we made him a proposition that he described as very attractive.
"We have a sporting project with him and what Lille offered is far away from what we would expect.
"So he will finish the season with us."
However, Obraniak admits he is attracted by the possibility of playing UEFA Champions League football with Claude Puel's side.
"I am flattered and interested, Lille offer an extraordinary challenge, and working with Claude Puel, who is one of the best French coaches, would suit me," Obraniak told l'Est-Republicain
"The contact is very hot, but Metz have also offered me a contract. If I join Lille, I hope Metz will earn a suitable fee."
Lille have also been linked with Sedan ace Nadir Belhadj and are thought to be willing to pay around é¼5million (£3.4million) for his services.
Meanwhile, Moroccan starlet Marouane Imaghri is to pen a professional contract at Sedan.
The 17-year-old has impressed the likes of Lille and Lyon in the past.