LOSC Lille have reportedly identified Olivier Ntcham as a potential replacement for Boubakary Soumare amid interest from Manchester United and Tottenham.

According to the Daily Record, the Premier League duo are set to battle it out in January for Soumare and Lille see Ntcham as a “serious” contender to replace the 20-year-old. 

Lille reportedly scouted Ntcham during Celtic’s victory over Rennes in the Europa League group stage earlier this season, after becoming aware of the interest in Soumare.

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Interest in Ntcham had appeared to have quietened down after the likes of AS Roma, Valencia and Sporting Lisbon were all linked with a move for him.

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However Lille’s interest could spark the aforementioned clubs to reignite their interest ahead of the January window.

Ntcham appeared set for a move away last summer amid interest from Marseille, but the £15million deal failed to materialise and the Frenchman has since featured regularly for Neil Lennon this season.