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Transfers : Is Rennes ready to attack?

From our friends at State Rennais Online:

Decimated by the late departures of Bangoura and Gyan last summer, the Rennes attack needs reconstruction this winter, in order to keep on hoping for European places at the end of the season. Waiting for attacking reinforcements, Frédéric Antonetti hopes the arrival of two additional forwards. Will his wish be realised? Here is a summary of the rumours published over the last few months in the media.

Denni Avdić (IF Elfsborg, Sweden)

- Forward
- 22 y/o, 1m93, 80kg
- Contracted until June 2011

Recently a Swedish international, Denni Avdić has been attracting the attention of scouts after piling goal after goal for Elfsborg, a team he joined four years ago. A very promising player in his adoptive country, recruiters are now rushing to try and sign last year’s Allsvenskan best goal scorer (19 goals). Rennes is believed to have been following the lanky player, whose style is reminiscent of Zlatan Ibrahimović’s, since many months, but some second level English clubs have apparently been in touch with his entourage since. A competition which could end the rumour, unless Avdić ended up choosing a challenge in Rennes, as some of his illustrious fellow countrymen did before him (Edman, Källström, Isaksson). But what will the price be?

Demba Ba (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany)

- Striker
- 25 y/o, 1.90 m, 82 kg
- Contracted until June 2011

Already targeted by Rennes a few years ago, de Demba Ba’s name has been returning lately as a possible reinforcement to Stade Rennes’ attacking line. However, there are major doubts on the possibility to achieve this transfer. First because the player is one of the best recognized forwards in Bundesliga (twenty five goals in sixty seven games) but also because of the tough competition with English teams, Aston Villa in particular. And no need to argue, Rennes doesn’t belong to the same category as the English giants. Closed case for the former Rouen player?

Gonzalo Bergessio (AS Saint-Étienne)

- Forward
- 26 y/o, 1.78 m, 73 kg
- Contracted until June 2013

Lacking confidence and playing time at Saint-Étienne, Gonzalo Bergessiowould probably welcome a new destination during the next winter transfer window. Liked by his supporters, the costiest Saint-Etienne recruit to this day (6,5 million euros) is taking time to reach his full potential, and he has been plagued by injuries since he arrived at the club. This season, Bergessio has failed to score, for only three Ligue 1 starts. Is a forward lacking confidence the adapted solution to strengthen the attacking line?

Bobô (Beşiktaş JK, Turkey)

- Striker
- 25 y/o, 1.86 m, 85 kg
- Contracted until June 2011

Often announced to be on the brink of departure, but still at Beşiktaş. Deivson Rogério da Silva aka “Bobô” scores goal after goal but no European top team seems ready to give him a chance at a higher level. Two years ago. Marseille had shown much interest in him before abandoning the lead. Searching for a striker, the Brazilian forward has got the profile of a goal-machine awaited by Frédéric Antonetti since Asamoah Gyan’s departure. Rennes can try their chance, but it would probably mean a big investment to recruit one of Beşiktaş’ best ever goal-scorers, especially in terms of salary.

Wilfried Bony (AC Sparta Prague, Czech Republic)

- Striker
- 22 y/o, 1.81 m, 84 kg
- Contracted until June 2014

One of the best strikers in the Ligue Europa currently, with five goals: the Sparta Prague and Ivory Coast striker terrorises the Czech and European defences. Sometimes labelled the new Didier Drogba, Wilfried Bony has attracted attention from recruiters all across Europe. It is therefore logical, that Rennes has taken interest in Bony too, but the growing media attention is also becoming an inconvenient and his value has been growing recently. With over 20 goals already this season, in all competitions, the African did not hesitate to consider himself ready for a transfer as soon as this winter:“Naturally. Ib case of a good offer, I would think carefully. No problems”, he explained recently, while reminding that Bordeaux, Lyon or Marseille would be possible destinations. What about Stade Rennes?

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