Foot Mercato report that Premier League side Bournemouth came close to adding another Ligue 1 regular to their spendthrift January window in Strasbourg midfielder Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, in a deal which fell through after the 24-year-old picked up an ankle injury.
The relegation battlers, who signed Dango Ouattara from Lorient, were about to submit an offer for the former Lens man, before a challenge in the Alsatians’ match against Lyon in January saw him come off early and rule him out of action, with his return expected midway through the month.
Strasbourg are themselves struggling this season, with Bellegarde one of too few performing players in a team that’s slumped into a relegation fight despite their sixth-place finish last year. The 24-year-old, a former French youth international, has made 19 appearances so far, scoring once and registering five assists, now on his fourth season with the club after making the move from his formative side in Lens.
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