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Auxerre interested in Marlet

Auxerre have confirmed their interest in Fulham outcast Steve Marlet.

The France international is biding his time until leaving Craven Cottage after being informed he does not figure in Chris Coleman’s plans.

Marlet spent the past two seasons on loan at Marseille and is likely to return to France on a permanent basis.

The 31-year-old has already rejected a move to Le Mans as he looks to clinch a contract with a club who can offer European football.

Auxerre fulfil that criteria and the Ligue 1 side have conceded that Marlet is one of their two targets for a new striker.

Feyenoord’s Romeo Castelen is the other name on coach Jacques Santini’s shopping list but Marlet is the more likely signing.

Marlet has worked with Santini in the past and Auxerre have acknowledged that the ex-Lyon ace is being considered.

“In a week we could have hired a forward,” said Auxerre chairman Jean-Claude Hamel.

“We are following two boys.

“Indeed, Marlet is one of the two possibilities but I can assert to you there is nothing concrete.”

Auxerre mulling Marlet move

Auxerre could be the club to rescue Steve Marlet from his nightmare at Fulham.

Marlet is waiting to secure his exit from Craven Cottage, having spent the past two seasons on loan at Marseille.

A permanent move to Stade Velodrome failed to materialise, while the France international has already rejected a switch to Le Mans.

Fulham boss Chris Coleman admits Marlet has no future at the club and is trying to fix the striker up with a new team.

Marlet is anxious to join a club who can offer him European football and that has led to French Cup winners Auxerre showing an interest.

Auxerre coach Jacques Santini worked with Marlet at both Lyon, and with the French national team, and is a fan of the 31-year-old.

Santini is keen to strengthen his attack and is considering a move for Marlet, after being boosted by Benjamin Mwaruwari’s – Benjani – decision to stay at the club.