The race to sign Super Eagles of Nigeria midfielder Mikel Agu from FC Porto is now between the French Ligue 1 duo of Olympique Marseille and Bordeaux, Owngoalnigeria.com understands.
FC Porto are open to the idea of allowing the 25 year old leave the club as he is not in the plans of coach Sergio Conceicao despite his fine performance while on loan at Turkish side Bursaspor last season.
Interest poured in for the Nigeria international from top clubs around Europe, but he has voiced out his preference for the French Ligue 1 where the duo of Marseille and Bordeaux are exploring ways of signing him.
However, Marseille appears to be leading the race to snap him up ahead of Bordeaux but discussions over the terms of his move has lead to a standstill over the transfer.
Marseille want him to join on a loan with an option to buy at the end of next season but Agu is pushing for a permanent exit from Porto after enduring four different loan spells in his seven seasons he has been with the club.