Delort, from Nice to Nantes

After a standoff with Nice, Andy Delort arrived in Nantes to strengthen the Canaries’ lack of rhythm attack, we learned on Sunday from a source close to FC Nantes.

The 31-year-old striker, under contract in Nice until 2025, arrives, according to several media, in the form of a loan for the end of the season, with an obligation to purchase in the event of maintenance.

Moffi to replace him in Nice?

This transfer had been pending for several weeks, Nice waiting to find a replacement at the forefront of the attack. The Riviera club is targeting Nigerian Terem Moffi but his offers have so far been deemed insufficient by Lorient.

Trained in Sète, Andy Delort, international for Algeria, made his professional debut in Nîmes in 2009 but only really exploded four years later in Tours, still in Ligue 2, finishing as top scorer in the 2013/2014 championship with 24 achievements.

Between a failed foray into 2e English division and an unusual season with André-Pierre Gignac in Mexico, he discovered L1 in 2015 with Caen then continued in Toulouse and Montpellier, where he had a fruitful association with Gaëtan Laborde.

Arrived in Nice in the summer of 2021, he has since scored 22 goals in around fifty L1 matches. But he was in conflict with the management because of a different on the evolution of his contract.

A new showdown

As he had done before during his career, he went to a showdown with Nice by refusing to show up for training.

Since the post-World Cup resumption at the end of December, Nantes has regained good defensive solidity: the team has still not conceded a goal in six league and Coupe de France matches.

But she is counting on Delort to boost an attack that still lacks animation. Absent Sunday in Clermont, where Nantes is playing the 20th day of L1, he should be available from Wednesday against Marseille.


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