Report: Saint-Etienne eye replacements for Swansea target

Swansea are expected to make a move for Franck Tabanou this summer, and Saint-Etienne have reportedly picked out potential replacements.

Swansea were strongly linked with a move for left-back Franck Tabanou in January by France Football and now L'Equipe are suggesting that Saint-Etienne have already earmarked a number of replacements as they expect the Welsh club to make a move in the summer.

Swansea were reportedly attracted by Tabanou’s versatility. After starting his career at left-back for Toulouse, his dangerous left foot and ability to whip in dangerous crosses led then coach Alain Casanova to play him on the left of his midfield.

When he first joined Saint-Etienne in 2013, Christophe Galtier played him on the left wing, but this season he has moved back to his original role in the back four and has performed exceptionally.

If Tabanou is to leave, Les Verts have reportedly picked out Ludovic Baal of Lens, young French left-back Jordan Amavi of Nice, Metz 24-year-old Gaetan Bussmann and Emmanuel Imorou of Caen as possible replacements.

They are all great options and they fit with Saint-Etienne's normal profile.

One or two players may have to leave the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard after they failed to finish in the top three, but with a campaign in the Europa League to come, they won’t want to lose first-team players with the ability to replace them.

Swansea were linked with a €3 million move in January, Saint-Etienne would hope to get a little more for the player who is not out of contract until 2017.

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