The defensive department of the Nice squad needs quality additions this winter.
The reports in England and France suggested that Nice are looking to loan Fulham centre-back Maxime Le Marchand.
Fulham spent 4 million euros to sign the France international from Nice in the summer of 2018. The 31-year-old has year and a half left on his current contract which expires in 2022.
In 48 appearances for Fulham, Le Marchand has created one goal for his teammates.
Adrian Ursea wants to sign a new centre-back and Maxime Le Marchand is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The France international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of defensive player Ursea wants to target in the winter transfer window.
Nice are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The Fulham centre-back heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
According to the report,” Nice are eyeing Fulham defender Maxime Le Marchand. Telefoot says Nice are aiming to take Le Marchand on-loan to the end of this season. The 31 year-old is a former OGCN player and has a contract to 2022 with the Cottagers. Le Marchand spent three years with Nice before joining Fulham in 2018. He has managed just four appearances for Fulham this season.”
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If Nice can agree on a fee with Fulham, the deal should be easy to complete.
Good signing for Nice?
If Maxime Le Marchand is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Nice.
Le Marchand has all the skillset required to be a success story at Nice. Therefore, it makes sense for Ursea to step up his attempts to bring the France centre-back to Ligue 1 side.
It will be interesting to see if Nice make their move for the 31-year-old in the coming weeks.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.