Everton have joined Tottenham in the race to sign highly-rated France Under-21 international Massadio Haidara from Nancy, with both clubs looking for reinforcements during the January transfer window.
Club vice-president Nicolas Holveck has revealed that the French side are in talks with up to five Premier League clubs, with Spurs and Everton looking to be the front runners for the signature of the promising 20-year-old.
Having worked his way into the first team after making his professional debut in 2010, Haidara has featured 15 times in Ligue 1 this season, earning interest from a number of European clubs which also included Italian outfit Fiorentina.
Here’s what we know about the young Frenchman:
Manager Jean Fernandez clearly likes Haidara, who is already nearing his half-century of appearances for the French club, with the starlet starting in 15 of Nancy’s league matches this season, being replaced just twice.
In those 15 matches, Haidara has failed to score, but has created 5 chances including one assist and 4 key passes. His performances have also seen him achieve 8 Squawka awards.
Defensively, the youngster has been strong with a tackle success rate of 78%, and at 5ft 11inches-tall Haidara has won a tidy 59% of his aerial battles.
Spurs will be keen on signing Haidara given that Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been out with a long-term injury and Everton are looking to improve their defensive options, but it remains to be seen whether a 20-year-old with no Premier League or senior international experience can provide adequate cover.