Ligue 1 leaders OGC Nice have made an approach towards Portuguese giants FC Porto for Algerian international Yacine Brahimi, according to L’Équipe.
Les Aiglons are looking to sign Brahimi on loan with an option to buy, as the former Everton target has been left out of proceedings by Nuno Espirito Santo.
Brahimi is due to be included in Algeria’s Africa Cup of Nations squad, which would take him out of action for the first month of 2017, but that is not preventing Nice from pursuing the attacking midfielder.
FC Porto now must respond to OGC Nice’s enquiry, it is thought the player could be worth at least 45 million euros.
And, according to L’Equipe, Porto winger Brahimi is right at the top of manager Lucien Favre’s shopping list.
Nice’s interest will come as a blow to Everton, though, who are also interested in the Algerian after failing with an approach in the summer.
The Toffees reportedly had a bid of around £30million rejected by Porto in the previous transfer window, but they are expected to return for him when it opens again in January