Ghana defender Alexander Djiku was close to joining Rennes in the Winter Transfer window but the deal failed to materialise because of financial disagreement.
According to Sky Sports, Strasbourg rejected Rennes’ £6.75m offer for Alexander Djiku because they felt the the defender valued around £12.5m.
It didn’t help that Le Racing had already sold three defenders, so a departure seemed unlikely.
It didn’t stop other clubs adding Djiku’s name to a wanted list ahead of what could be another summer of transfer talk.
Villareal are keen having resigned themselves to losing Pau Torres while Sevilla are also watching carefully because they expect at least one of Jules Kounde or Diego Carlos to depart.
Meanwhile, the Black Stars centre-back is also counting interest from some top clubs in England.
“I understand the reservations about my height, as the English game is a direct game, but size is only one component of winning a duel,” Djiku told Sky Sports.
“There is also bodywork, timing, relaxation, and anticipation. Also, the taller you are, the less mobile and quick you are to deal with fast and technical players. I think that 1m 82cm is the right height for a modern central defender.”
The stats in France this season back up his words. Only Sven Botman and Nayef Aguerd have won more ariel duels so his height would not put him off taking an opportunity in England.
Djiku revealed that he has spoken with country men Jordan Ayew and Thomas Partey who currently play in the English Premier League.
“I’ve spoken a lot with Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew and Thomas Partey. They have enjoyed the Premier League so much since they have been here. It’s a spectacular league that gives you the opportunity to express yourself and it’s often a very open game. It’s one of the best leagues in the world and obviously this makes you want to try it one day.
“The stadiums, the intensity of the matches, the famous Boxing Day and then the passion of the fans in this country is just great. I think I’ll feel very comfortable there.”
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old was in full 90 minutes of action for The black Stars of Ghana in their Qatar World Cup playoff two games against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
His rock solid performance helped the Black Stars to seal qualification the the FIFA World Cup.