Herve Renard will be appointed the new coach of Lille and has already earmarked the signing of two Ghanaian players to join him at the French club, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
The 46-year-old has already reached a three-year agreement to replace Rene Girard at the end of the current campaign next weekend.
An announcement to confirm the move is expected by Tuesday.
Renard who led Ivory Coast to success at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations at the expense of Ghana has recommended the signing of two Ghanaian players to Lille’s top hierarchy.
Behind the scenes talks to bring the two unnamed Ghanaians to the club have already started with Renard leading these talks.
Lille have made €800,000 available to Rene Girard for the mutual termination of his contract at the club to pave way for Renard’s appointment.
It is however unclear of the French club will be paying compensation to Ivory Coast of whom Renard is till contracted to until 2016.
The French trainer has built a remarkable CV for himself since he started coaching on the African continent as an apprentice to Claude Leroy while he was coach of the Black Stars between 2006 and 2008.
He later became head coach of Zambia and led them to their historic Nations Cup triumph in 2012 – beating Ghana along the way to success.
He again thwarted the efforts of the Black Stars to end an over three-decade wait for an African title by leading Cote d’Ivoire to clinch the trophy on penalties at the 2015 edition held in Equatorial Guinea.
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