Saint-Etienne respond to Swansea's reported interest in Franck Tabanou

Despite reported interest from Swansea City, Saint-Etienne defender Franck Tabanou looks to be staying put this month.

Saint-Etienne owner Bernard Caiazzo has told French Eurosport that there is no chance of left-back Franck Tabanou leaving the club this month.

Tabanou, 25, has been linked with a move to Swansea this week, with France Football reporting that the Premier League club have lodged a €4 million bid in order to steal a march on fellow chasers Dynamo Kiev and Inter Milan.

The former France Under-21 international’s agent further fuelled speculation after telling the BBC that there have been discussions between the two sides, but Caiazzo has now moved to quash those claims.

"Tabanou will not go this winter," he said. "Even if good offer, it will remain. That is certain."

Nevertheless, despite Caiazzo’s comments, Le10 Sport have claimed that Saint-Etienne manager Christophe Galtier would be willing to let Tabanou leave in the current transfer window, even with the club sitting in fourth-place in the Ligue 1 table.

Under contract until 2017, Tabanou spent his first season with Les Verts on the left-wing after arriving from Toulouse in the summer of 2013, but has been moved back to his natural full-back spot this term following the departure of Benoit Tremoulinas.

The versatile wide man has since started 20 of 22 league games, on a backline which has conceded just 14 goals – the best record in the division.

The Swans have also been looking at Norwich’s Martin Olsson this month, per the South Wales Evening Post, but Tabanou is said to be their top target.

However, considering Caiazzo’s latest remarks, it looks like a looming deal could well be dead.

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