ZIMBABWE international striker Tino Kadewere is reportedly being pursued by a number of clubs in the French top-flight for a possible loan move.
Kadewere, who returned to the Lyon team in their 1-0 win over St-Etienne last Friday, has seen his season plagued by injuries.
He has also been struggling for game time at Les Gones since the arrival of manager, Peter Bosz.
According to French publication, Get French Football News, the 26-year-old is on the radar of Ligue 1 side Rennes.
Rennes are targeting the Zimbabwean as a replacement for Serhou Guirassy, who is wanted by English clubs, including Burnley.
“As reported by Foot Mercato, Rennes lead several Ligue 1 clubs in their interest in signing out-of-favour Lyon and Zimbabwe striker Tino Kadewere.
“The 26-year-old has just been knocked out of the AFCON with his country, which would obstruct any pursuit of the player with OL missing two other forwards due to AFCON duty, and Rennes see the former Le Havre man, who joined OL for €12m in 2020, as their main target as a replacement should fellow striker Serhou Guirassy leave for England,” reported the publication.
Some of the clubs targeting Kadewere are Stade de Reims, who are also home to Zimbabwean midfielder, Marshall Munetsi.
Another top-flight side, Lorient, also want to strengthen their squad during this transfer window, as they fight to move out of the relegation matrix.
Troyes, also in the country’s top division, are also reportedly interested in Kadewere.
Having impressed last season under Rudi Garcia, Kadewere has been on the fringes under Bosz this term. The former Harare City player was also far from convincing for Zimbabwe at the AFCON finals in Cameroon.
He was among the players who were tipped to shine for Zimbabwe going into the tournament by The Sun newspaper.
“After getting only 20 minutes in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, the striker has been handed a second chance to show his goal-scoring prowess that earned him plaudits in the French Ligue 1.
“The striker confirmed his goal poaching reputation when he bagged 10 goals for Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1 last season.
“Rated as one of the best African stars in the French league, Kadewere will look to the Africa Cup of Nations for a fresh start to find his goalscoring form and find his fitness again after being plagued by injuries this season,” reported SuperSport, ahead of the tournament.
Kadewere, however, struggled to rise to the occasion. He came on as a second half substitute in the first match against Senegal and started in the game against Malawi.
Zimbabwe lost the matches 0-1 and 1-2.
He played all the matches as he was introduced in the last 20 minutes of the Warriors’ 2-1 win over Guinea, to bow out of the tournament, with some pride.