Lille star wants big club move
Lille defender Aurelien Chedjou has made it clear that he wants to leave les Dogues for greener pastures at the end of the current campaign.
Chedjou, 27, has been playing at a very high level for a couple of years now, and his rock-solid showings have not gone unnoticed.
Top European clubs are reportedly lining up for the defender’s services, and the player admits it is time for him to leave Lille.
“It seems that I am having a pretty good season. There are people who follow me,” Chedjou said to France Football.
“My agents tell me about it, they are doing their job. And, most importantly, after six years here, the cycle is coming to an end.
”I feel ready to join top European clubs.”
Aurelien Chedjou arrived at Lille from Rouen, and quickly established himself as a first team regular at Stade Lille Metropole.
He has made a total of 144 Ligue 1 appearances for les Dogues and scored 11 goals in the process.
Zenit keen on Serbian starlet
Zenit are lining up a summer move for Partizan Belgrade midfielder Nikola Ninkovic, according to Izvestia.
While the club officials continue to reinforce the squad with high-profile players, they are also thinking about the future and have signed a number of young and talented footballers of late.
They seem to be oriented towards the Eastern European market, and having signed Luka Djordjevic and Milan Rodic, Zenit look ready to bring another player from the region.
Izvestia has learned that the club from St Petersburg are readying summer bid for Partizan Belgrade hotshot Nikola Ninkovic.
Ninkovic, 18, is already considered a first team regular with the Serbian champions and he has seen his name linked with top European clubs.
Inter, Lazio and Tottenham are also believed to be keen on the Serbia Under-21 international, who looks set to leave Partizan for a bigger club in the summer.
Portland sign Piquionne
Portland Timbers have announced on their official website that they have signed forward Frederic Piquionne.
The MLS club revealed the player had signed a one-year deal, with the transfer pending the receipt of International Transfer Certificate and a P-1 visa.
Piquionne, 34, had spent some time on trial at the club and showed enough promise in pre-season matches to earn a short-term contract.
The experienced striker has spent the majority of his career in French Ligue 1, playing for Rennes, Saint Etienne, Monaco and Lyon.
He made the trip across the Channel in the summer of 2009, joining Portsmouth, and he spent one season at Fratton Park ahead of signing for West Ham.
Piquionne scored a total of 8 goals in 54 Premier League fixtures for the Hammers, before being released from his contract last summer.
The interesting thing is that the experienced forward has represented two national teams during his career, France and Martinique.