Lille boss rejects Liverpool, Sunderland interest in Enyeama - report

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Rene Girard has played down the reported interest in Lille OSC goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

32-year-old Enyeama has been will Lille OSC since the summer of 2011, although he spent the 2012/13 season on loan with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli Premier League.

The Nigerian international has made over 50 appearances for Los Dogues, and he was named as Lille’s starting goalkeeper for the 2013/14 season by head coach Rene Girard, and he has continued as first choice stopper in the current season - playing every minute of their 12-game league campaign so far.

He has conceded just 10 goals in those 12 games, and his form in Ligue 1 has seen interest peak in the player from a number of Premier League clubs - with Liverpool and Sunderland reportedly keen on securing Enyeama’s services in the January transfer window.

However, Girard has no intention of letting the 95-capped man leave Stade Pierre-Mauroy, having tied him down to a new contract in December, and the 60-year-old is quoted by the Chronicle as saying the stopper is not for sale.

He said: “Vincent has a contract that doesn’t terminate until 2017 and we have no intention of letting go one of our best players.

“The only bid we have received for his services is the one I read from the papers. As Lille, as a club, we are yet to receive any bid from either Sunderland or Liverpool. Every player is available for a certain fee but Enyeama is not for sale – even if a bid comes in we will smartly turn it down.”

Despite his increasing age, Enyeama would surely guarantee a starting spot if he was to move to either Liverpool or Sunderland, with both clubs suffering in the goalkeeping departments in recent history. The Reds are keen to find a suitable replacement for Simon Mignolet - who has yet to prove himself at Anfield - whilst both Vito Mannone and Costel Pantilimon are hardly the top class stopper than Sunderland have been looking for to secure their survival in the Premier League.

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