Newcastle United are the latest club to be linked with a bid for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila who is keen to secure a move away from the French club.
The France international was unable to leave in the summer, despite being heavily linked with Arsenal, but is now heading towards an exit with Rennes general manager Peirre Dreossi admitting that a move to either England or Russia is on the cards.
"It's possible [he'll leave] if we get some interesting offers," Dreossi told French radio station RMC. "He wants to leave, but if it doesn't happen, it will be next summer. It's no catastrophe. He missed out on a transfer last summer. If there's an interesting opportunity for everyone, we'll find a solution. It is all moving towards England or Russia."
The midfielder has also stated that he wants to leave the Ligue 1 side but will only move in January if it is the right deal for both himself and the club.
"The club have received offers. I want to go, but the deal has to be right for everyone. If it isn't, I will stay until the end of the season," said M'Vila.
The Daily Mail has suggested that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is now hoping that the 22-year-old would be interested in a move to the North East as he desperately attempts to stop the club's slide towards the relegation zone.
M'Vila is likely to be available for less than the £17million that Arsenal were told they would have to pay as Rennes are prepared to allow him to leave after plenty of negative press in the last few months.
The powerful midfielder has been banned from playing for France until 2014 after he took part in an unauthorised trip to a Paris night club while on Under-21 duty. He was also arrested last year for an alleged punch on a 17-year-old which further soured his reputation.
Nevertheless it is clear that he is a hugely talented midfielder, as shown by the interest from clubs like Arsenal and Tottenham, and Newcastle will hope that they can persuade M'Vila to join his fellow Frenchman at St. James Park.
Newcastle currently have three French internationals at the club in Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and new signing Mathieu Debuchy.