Arsenal & Tottenham To Battle It Out For Yann M’Vila As Rennes Agree Deal To Sign Replacement

Makoun joins Rennes from Villa, paving way for enforcer’s exit.Yann M’Vila is on the verge of a move to the Premier League after Rennes agreed a deal to sign Aston Villa flop Jean Makoun as a repalcement.

Tottenham currently lead the race for M’Vila but rivals Arsenal are also interested, with the French international preferring a switch to the Gunners as he wants to play Champions League football.

Rennes want £17m for the 22-year-old enforcer, reports the Daily Mail, but have paved the way for his exit by landing Villa’s £6m flop Makoun.

The Cameroonian was signed by Gerard Houllier last year but was loaned to Olympiakos by the Frenchman’s predecessor Alex McLeish and latest Villa boss Paul Lambert was desperate to get the 29-year-old off the wage bill.

It is thought that Spurs have tabled a bid of around £12m for M’Vila and both clubs are now hopeful of reaching a compromise.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has held a long-standing interest in the enforcer and was close to sealing a deal earlier in the summer.

It is thought the French tactician cooled his interest after M’Vila was involved in a bust-up with his French teammate at Euro 2012.

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