Transfer Rumors: Nice Hoping to Improve Back Line

  • Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) full back Pavle Ninkov has caught the eye of several French clubs, according to L’Equipe. Both Nice and Toulouse are closely looking at the 24-year-old. Ninkov, who has been capped twice for the Serbia national team, has a contract with the Belgrade club through 2012, but depending on the offer could move this winter.Red Star Belgrade's Pavle Ninkov (L)

For Nice, who could be considered to have one of the poorer defenses in Ligue 1, Larrys Mabiala has failed to impress at right back since coming over from PSG at the end of last season. Ninkov would be a major boost to their inconsistent back line.

  • Dynamo Kiev and Senegal national team defender Pape Diakhaté is intent on leaving his club and could return to Ligue 1.

Diakhaté wants to leave the Kiev immediately, admitting he no longer has the confidence of coach Valery Gazzayev. The 25-year-old player is said to desire a return to France, where he previously played with AS Nancy for six years (2001­-7). Diakhaté’s contract with the Ukrainian club is through June of 2011 but is determined to leave.

Nice, once again, is currently looking to change up their back line; Les Aiglons are showing the greatest interest in the defender.

  • In other rumors: according to Globoesporte, Paris St.-Germain is believed to be courting Santos (Brazil) holding midfielder Rodrigo Souto. Les Parisiens have apparently offered Santos around € 4.5 million for his transfer and are willing to sign a four-year deal to the player.

The 26-year-old has played in Brazil for 10 years, and is ready to try his skills in Europe. He is considered an excellent ball handler in the midfield, and with his 6 ft. frame is very good in the air.

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2 Responses

  1. If Nice can build up their back line, they are contenders, pure and simple. The problem is if they can hold on to their offensive players.

  2. […] We may be looking at Brazilian DM Rodrigo Souto. (Ligue 1 Talk) […]

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