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Birmingham, Derby, and Fulham to battle for £3m French youngster



The Championship trio of Birmingham City, Derby County, and Fulham are lining up a summer move for Nantes midfielder Valentin Rongier, according to Get West London.

The 22-year-old midfielder came up through the ranks and the B team at the French outfit, and then earned his debut for the senior side back in October 2014 in a Ligue 1 clash at home to Riems.

And he has since added a further 53 appearances for the club and bagged four goals to help them consolidate their position in the French top-flight, before climbing the table last term by finishing seventh, eight points adrift of Bordeaux in the final European spot.

And with 31 Ligue 1 appearances last term, Rongier was clearly an important part of that side, and his fine efforts in the midfield have reportedly attracted the interest of Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham, Gary Rowett’s Derby, and Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham.

Redknapp’s Blues narrowly avoided the drop last season and ideally need reinforcements to climb the division next term, while Derby finished 13 points adrift of the top six in what was a frustrating campaign last time out, and will seek to further bolster their ranks ahead of a promotion push next season.

While Jokanovic’s Fulham fell to Reading in the play-off semi-finals but for the most part proved to be a seriously talented side last season, with just that little bit of extra quality needed to maintain their consistency over the course of the campaign – Rongier could provide that in the midfield.

It has been reported that £3 million may be enough to convince Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes to sell the midfielder this summer, but whether any of the aforementioned trio are willing to stump up the cash to land the Frenchman remains to be seen.

Birmingham, Derby, and Fulham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

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