Pieroni in high demand

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Nantes and Valenciennes are set to battle it out for the services of Auxerre striker Luigi Pieroni.

The Belgium ace is expected to depart the Stade Abbe-Deschamps during the January transfer window.

Despite having 18 months remaining on his contract at Auxerre, coach Jean Fernandez is open to the 26-year-old's exit.

Everton were interested in summer, while Bordeaux have also been in contact.

However, Nantes and Valenciennes appear to be leading the chase and both look willing to meet Auxerre's ‚é¼2-3million (£1.3-2million) valuation.