Nantes considering move for Lyon’s Damien Da Silva

Fourteenth-placed Ligue 1 side FC Nantes are in the market for a centre-back following stalwart Nicolas Pallois’ knee injury. L’Equipe are reporting that the Loire-Atlantique outfit are considering a move for the out-of-favour Olympique Lyonnais defender Damien Da Silva.

The French 34-year-old joined Lyon from Stade Rennais 18 months ago on a two-year deal, but he failed to prove a key player as neither former OL manager Peter Bosz and incumbent Laurent Blanc seem to greatly rely on him.

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Da Silva played only seven Ligue 1 games this season and he is now unlikely find more game time as Lyon signed experienced Croatian center-back Dejan Lovren (33) during this winter transfer window.

The question now is whether OL will cash in this month or allow Da Silva to run down the remainder of his contract. Ouest-France add that FC Nantes did consider a move for Da Silva, but the outlet believes the former Stade Rennais man reportedly favors a move abroad.

Meanwhile, FC Nantes’ manager Antoine Kombouaré has revealed that promising left-back Quentin Merlin (20) suffered a partial hamstring tear that will keep him on the sidelines for at least two months. The French U21 international will undergo surgery next Tuesday.

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