By Jamie Sanderson
Ligue 1 side Rennes are expecting midfielder Yann M’Vila to remain at the club on transfer deadline day, after Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton withdrew their interest.
The 21-year-old defensive midfielder has been hankering for a move out of French football all summer, and looked to be on his way last week when Rennes confirmed offers from Tottenham, Zenit and a third unnamed club.
However, agreeing terms with Rennes has been tricky, with Zenit the only side to do so – only for M’Vila to snub a move to the Russian champions after recieving death threats from their fans.
Tottenham are understood to have made a £12million bid last week, which was rejected by Rennes, but they requested a face-to-face meeting to try to reach an agreement.
That request was ignored by Tottenham, who eventually contacted Rennes last night to let them know that they were no longer chasing the player.
Arsenal, who have been linked with M’Vila in each of the last three transfer windows, are known to have made initial contact with Rennes at the end of last season but didn’t follow it up and haven’t made an offer.
The third unnamed club who made a bid for the France international is believed to be Everton, but they have now turned their attention to Blackburn’s Steven N’Zonzi as a cut-price alternative.
M’Vila, who is contracted to Rennes until 2015, is expected to move on next term.