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Cisse could make Ligue 1 return

ESPN staff
June 18, 2013
Djibril Cisse is keen to leave Queens Park Rangers following their relegation from the Premier League © Getty Images

Montpellier remain in the hunt for Djibril Cisse, but insist the former Liverpool striker is not the only potential solution to their goalscoring problems.

Title winners in 2011/12, Montpellier finished ninth last term as the summer 2012 departure of Olivier Giroud was keenly felt.

Gaetan Charbonnier, bought from second-tier Angers, and Argentine Emanuel Herrera failed to fill the now-Arsenal striker's boots and goal quota, leaving the club in search of firepower this summer.

Keen to leave relegated Queens Park Rangers, ex-Auxerre and Marseille striker Cisse, who spent the final six months of last season on loan at Qatari club Al Gharafa, has previously stated he would welcome a move back to Ligue 1.

However, freshly-installed Montpellier coach Jean Fernandez revealed Cisse is just one of a number of players being looked at.

"We want to bring in a forward because neither Herrera nor Charbonnier have really established themselves, but there is not only Cisse," Fernandez told lequipe.fr. "We're looking at the market now. Several profiles interest us, but no decision has been taken.

"We're not in a hurry. It could as easily happen before we return to training or before the start of the season. We have up until the month of September."

Last week, Montpellier club president and owner Louis Nicollin said taking Cisse would be "a big gamble", but that it would be Fernandez who would have the final say.

"It's the coach who decides, not me," Nicollin said. "I let the people I pay do what they have to do."

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