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Marseille are set to step up their interest in Jean-Alain Boumsong.

 

New L'OM coach Albert Emon is a long-time admirer of the French international and is looking to fill a gap in his defensive ranks after agreeing to sell veteran Frederic Dehu.

 

Emon is a long-time member of Marseille's coaching staff and was a driving force behind the club's bid to sign Boumsong from Auxerre three years ago.

 

United are keen to sell Boumsong, who fell out of first-team favour late last season after one too many high-profile errors, to raise transfer funds.

 

The 26-year-old would prefer a return to France, with Lens and Paris St Germain reported to also be interested in him, but Newcastle's asking price could prove a stumbling block.

 

United are looking to recoup at least £3 million of the £8 million they invested in Boumsong just 18 months ago.

 

But the strength of Emon's interest, along with United's excellent working relationship with Marseille general manager Pape Diouf, could see a deal pushed through.

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I think we could get £4-5m back, French clubs have a lot more cash than they used to with their new TV deal. If PSG and Marseille both want them then it increases the chances of a bidding war given how much the clubs love each other.

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no doubt he'll go back to france and recapture his pre-toon form and his place in the french starting eleven

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