- “Le Havre gave me a chance by buying me when I was injured and I have a lot of love for this club. But if something good for me and the club comes up, then why not . . . England can be a good destination, but staying in France is good too,” he told French website Maligue2.
SEVEN-TIME French topflight league champions Olympique Lyonnais, commonly referred to as simply Lyon, are on the verge of snapping up Zimbabwe international Tino Kadewere from Ligue 2 side Le Havre FC, reports from France say.
The 24-year-old Kadewere has had a stellar debut season in France and looks set to cement than with a move to Lyon, who are currently 12th in the Ligue 1, which is the French equivalent of the English Premier Soccer League.
Kadewere this season managed a record-equalling 17 goals in 19 starts, suggesting that he could have ripened enough to play in any of the big leagues in Europe.
Kadewere was the leading scorer in the French second tier by the time the league adjourned for the mid-season break, and had already attracted interests from French Ligue 1 rivals Lyon and Olympic Marseille.
This week, English Premiership sides Bournemouth and Southampton, Scottish champions Celtic, Al-Rayan of Qatar, Germany Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt and Brazilian outfit Flamengo were also reported to be after his signature.
Another English Premiership side Crystal Palace has been reported to have shown their interest with Real Valladolid from Spain and Turkish giants Galatasaray, which used to be home to former Zimbabwe international Norman Mapeza, also reportedly monitoring the former Prince Edward High School pupil.
Turkish side Besiktas was also reportedly in the race, amid revelations that French Ligue 1 side Lyon were the first to make an offer for the player.
“Like I said, I’m a Le Havre player,” said Kadewere.
“I focus on that. We have three big games coming up with Niort, Troyes and Lens. You really have to focus on these games to climb the rankings.
“But if something good and good for the club and for me comes up, obviously we are open to consider the offers with my agent.
“Le Havre gave me a chance by buying me when I was injured and I have a lot of love for this club. But if something good for me and the club comes up, then why not . . . England can be a good destination, but staying in France is good too,” he told French website Maligue2.
Kadewere, who still have two years on his contract with Le Havre, needs an environment where his talent can be cultivated and aided to reach his optimum without having to place him under a lot of pressure.
At the moment, Lyon appears the best destination for him because of his knowledge of the French culture and its football.
Kadewere’s stock has risen dramatically in the last few months.
He was brought to France by Le Havre for €2,5 million from Swedish side Djurgardens in July 2018.
He had arrived in Sweden three years back from Harare City for a reported fee of €150 000.
Reports from France yesterday claimed Celtic and Al-Rayan had both made “concrete approaches’’ for the striker, with the Qatari side understood to have tabled an €8 million bid.
But France remains the best option at the moment.
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