When players move from Ligue 1 to the Championship, they tend to be young up and coming talents who see the move as their stepping stone to the Premier League.
Yet, when WebGirondins listed Wolverhampton as one of the teams who sent a scout to watch Bordeaux against Marseille on Sunday, we were at a bit of a loss as to who they would be looking at in the bracket.
However, with reports that Wolves are looking to bring in extra competition for Carl Ikeme, one man immediately stood out: Cédric Carrasso.
It was announced on Wednesday the 35-year-old’s contract with the Ligue 1 side would not be renewed, meaning he would be available on a free at the end of June.
Bringing in someone like Carrasso to the Molineux would make more sense than shelling out money to convince Ipswich to let go of Bartosz Bialkowski, and while Rennes are also said to be interested, Wolverhampton would undoubtedly be able to offer him more money.
Brighton & Hove Albion also had a representative present, and with Sébastien Pocognoli’s loan deal unlikely to be renewed with West Brom, someone like Diego Contento would make a lot of sense.
The Seagulls’ promotion to the Premier League immediately makes them an ideal destination for someone like the German, who, after four years at Bayern Munich, joined the Ligue 1 club in 2014.
With one year left on his deal, this summer would be the ideal time for him to discover something new, and, at 27 years of age, still has time to make a good impression in England’s top tier.
These targets are by no means definitive, and they could have just been aimlessly browsing, but with all games in Ligue 1 being played at the same time on Sunday, you have to believe that if they sent scouts to that game in particular, it was for a reason.