By Anthony Nlebem.
French Ligue 1 side Olympic Marseille are set to rival Premier League club West Ham and OGC Nice to sign FC Lorient striker Terem Moffi.
According to French media outlet L’Equipe, the Olympians have tabled an €18m offer for the 23-year-old Nigeria striker.
Marseille are keen on landing Moffi and chief executive Pablo Longoria and sporting director Javier Ribalta have opened contact talks with the player’s agent for an imminent January move.
“Pablo Longoria and Javier Ribalta have started working on this Terem Moffi option in recent days and are talking to the 23-year-old’s entourage, ” L’Equipe reports.
“The Marseille leaders also mentioned an offer to Lorient, including bonuses, which would align with the latest Nice proposal of €18m.”
The deal could involve Senegal striker Bamba Dieng, a long target for Lorient, moving to the Stade du Moustoir and Moffi eventually making a switch to Orange Vélodrome stadium.
The forward’s contract with Lorient ends in 2024 and the club could likely take advantage of the cash and swap deal.
Moffi has had a fine 2022/23 season and has been a key player of Régis Le Bris side and is the second top scorer in the French Ligue 1 with 12 goals in 18 league games.