Nice boss Patrick Vieira has been quoted by Sky Sports as saying that he wants to get to the bottom of why striker Alassane Plea skipped training today.
Plea, 25, joined Nice from Lyon back in 2014, and he has improved season-on-season, as after hitting 14 goals in the 2016-17 season, he scored 21 goals last term.
The forward, who can play anywhere across the front line, has impressed with his pace, power and finishing ability, which have now sparked Premier League interest.
Sky Sports reported on Sunday that Tottenham Hotspur remain keen on Plea after links over the last two weeks, whilst West Ham have offered £27million and both Fulham and Newcastle United are lurking too.
Plea may be set for a move to the Premier League if a club can tempt Nice into a deal, but with fellow forward Mario Balotelli set to move on too, they may be a little reluctant.
Today, the saga has taken a new twist, with both Balotelli and Plea failing to show up for pre-season training today amid major speculation over their respective futures.
Now, new Nice boss and former Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has told Sky Sports that both players were expected back, and he will be attempting to get to the bottom of the matter - and their actions may just hint that moves are in the pipeline.
“We were supposed to have all the players (available). Unfortunately, those two weren't there. We're trying to get to the bottom of it,” said Vieira.