After a long spell in England, Jeremie Aliadiere reinvented himself at Lorient, but now the Brittany club no longer value his services.
As Arsenal look towards signing superstars such as Alexis Sanchez, one of their former players is close to being dumped by his current side.
FC Lorient are looking towards a new dawn this season without long-term boss Christian Gourcuff, and now they are trying to decide what players are up for the battle as new boss Sylvain Ripoli has started their pre-season without the 31-year-old striker.
Speaking to Ouest France, the boss said they need players that are concerned with the clubs interests, suggesting that Aliadiere’s future is not with the Breton club.
During the 2012/13 season, Aliadiere scored 15 goals in his first full year with Lorient. After that superb season he was linked with moves back to England and with clubs like Marseille, Lyon and other top clubs.
He decided to stay in Brittany for another season, but it was less than ideal. Injury troubles stopped him from gaining any momentum during the campaign; he managed to score eight goals, but was nowhere near as impressive as Lorient had hoped.
The business model of Les Merlus is to quickly develop players and move them on, like they did with Laurent Koscielny, Kevin Gameiro and Andre-Pierre Gignac. Aliadiere was meant to be the next name that President Loic Fery could make a quick profit on, but it seems the former Arsenal, Celtic and Middleborough striker stayed a year too long.
There will be interest in the striker, but the chances of Lorient bringing in a good deal for the French striker have all but disappeared.
Last season he was upstaged by Cameroonian striker Vincent Aboubakar as the giant African player scored 16 goals last season and has become the main attacker at the club.
Aboubakar is now the player Lorient hope to sell on for a profit; Aliadiere’s chance at a big move is all but gone.
There is a good player still in there, but with only one full season in the last ten years injury-free, he doesn’t come across as the best option for a club that wants goals.
If Lorient don’t want him and Aliadiere doesn’t want to stay, the former West Ham man needs to find a club who will take a gamble on him.