Hammers target Marveaux to stay at Rennes
French Ligue 1 side Rennes are battling to keep hold of Sylvain Marveaux amid reports West Ham United are preparing a £3 million bid for the midfielder.
New Hammers boss Avram Grant is expected to fund the swoop by offloading Swiss International Valon Behrami and Marveaux, who has been compared to Chelsea and France winger Florent Malouda, appears willing to move on.
"Rennes is my club and I owe them because I have been trained by them and they gave me my chance," Marveaux told Sky Sports. "But today, large French and European clubs want me, and that has left me thinking, at 24, I think it is time to move on."
However, the club's general manager, Pierre Dreossi, insists his club have no intention of letting Marveaux leave.
"I have said this before and I repeat, Sylvain Marveaux will be with Rennes next season," Dreossi said. "I do not usually change my mind, I've demonstrated that in the past. We are looking forward to a good season and expect Sylvain to be part of that."
Marveux, who impressed in Ligue 1 last season, would become the Hammers second signing of the summer after former Aston Villa winger Thomas Hitzlsperger completed a free transfer from Lazio.