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Report: Toronto FC linked with French defender Loïck Landre

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The Ligue 1 centreback has reportedly received a ‘concrete’ offer from TFC.

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Sidy Sarr #6 and Loick Landre #5 of Nimes during the Nimes V Marseille French Ligue 1 regular season match.
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TORONTO, Canada—Toronto FC have reportedly made a concrete offer for French defender Loïck Landre, according french media outlet RMC Sport.

The 28-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain and Lens centreback has been with Ligue 1 side Nîmes Olympique for the past three seasons, making 13 appearances so far in 2020/21 for the last-place side.

Landre will apparently be out of contract at the end of the summer, allowing him to freely negotiate a new contract with other interested parties as of Jan. 1. His current transfer market value is $2.20m according to transfermarkt, but since he’s expected to be out of contract, any team that would sign him would likely avoid having to pay a transfer fee.

That would certainly be ideal for a team like Toronto FC who are up against the MLS salary budget. The Reds are in dire need of backline support after the contracts of centrebacks Laurent Ciman and Eriq Zavaleta along with fullback Justin Morrow expired at the end of last season. Liverpool loanee Tony Gallacher also returned to Anfield at the end of his loan stint.

The Reds have found success in the past when scouting French talent. 2020 MLS Defender of the Year nominee and French youth international Chris Mavinga was signed by the Reds in 2017, while first-choice goalkeeper Quentin Westberg joined TFC from France in 2019.

RMC reports that there are other clubs interested in the services of Landre, including Belgian side Standard Liège. Other French teams, however, are apparently waiting to see how the transfer window continues to evolve moving forward.

According to his wikipedia page, Landre, a natural centre-back is also capable of playing right back.

The French youth international has appeared in 89 Ligue 2 and 73 Ligue 1 matches over the course of his career, including an appearance for French giants PSG in 2011.