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 By Ian Holyman

Adriano close to completing Le Havre move, hoping to regain Brazil spot

Brazil's Adriano, left, celebrates with teammate Roberto Carlos after scoring his side's opening goal during the Brazil v Australia Group F match at the World Cup stadium in Munich, Germany, Sunday, June 18, 2006.
Adriano last featured for his nation in a major tournament at the 2006 World Cup.

Adriano has told BeIN SPORTS he is "99 percent" certain to sign for Ligue 2 side Le Havre, and hopes his displays will earn him a recall to the Brazil squad.

Adriano, 32, visited the club's stadium and infrastructure on Oct. 31, performed the ceremonial kick-off ahead of the win over Arles-Avignon, and also opened contract negotiations with the Normandy outfit.

"We're halfway there. We are just sorting out certain points of the contract. Some details need to be defined, on my side and that of the...

 By Ian Holyman

Ex-Brazil striker Adriano to consider move to French Ligue 2 side Le Havre

Le Havre have invited former Brazil international Adriano to visit the club with a view to him signing for the Ligue 2 outfit.

Adriano, 32, last played a competitive fixture in the colours of Atletico Paranaense in his native country last February.

However, Le Havre are hoping to persuade the former Parma and Inter Milan star to join them following a visit to the Normandy coast scheduled later this month.

"I have invited Adriano to come on Oct. 31 for him to see the stadium, the club, the infrastructure,"...

Lens out of Coupe de la Ligue

Ligue 2 leaders Lens are out of the Coupe de la Ligue after suffering a 4-3 defeat at the hands of AS Creteil.

Lens took the lead through Adamo Coulibaly, but Creteil took control of the match through goals to Jean-Michel Lesage, Ibrahima Seck and Marcel Essombe.

Lens made it 3-2 with Pierre Ducasse finding the back of the net, but Creteil again responded with another goal to Lesage.

Deme Ndiaye rounded out the scoring with two minutes remaining in the match.

Meanwhile, Auxerre stormed...

Sunderland snap up Ba, Peruzzi next

Sunderland have completed the signing of Le Havre midfielder El-Hadji Ba on a free transfer, while Velez Sarsfield full-back Gino Peruzzi is on the verge of finalising a move to the Stadium of Light.

Ba looks set to join Sunderland
El-Hadji Ba is Sunderland's seventh signing of the summer.

Ba, 20, has signed a three-year deal with the Black Cats and becomes the seventh player to join the club this summer, following the arrivals of Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Cabral, Jozy Altidore,...

OM reach Mendy agreement

Marseille have reached an agreement to sign Benjamin Mendy from Le Havre, dashing Sunderland's hopes of bringing the highly-rated defender across the Channel.

Benjamin Mendy had also attracted interest from Sunderland.
Mendy had been a target for Sunderland.

Left-back Mendy, 18, who featured in 57 Ligue 2 games for Le Havre over the last two seasons, visited the Premier League club after a €3.5 million fee had been agreed earlier this month.

The Normandy club's chairman, Jean-Pierre Louvel, said last weekend...