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 By Mark Rodden

Troyes takeover by American investor 'not moving' - president Daniel Masoni

Troyes, relegated from Ligue 1 last season, hope a deal can still be done by September.

American investor Gary Allen has not completed his proposed takeover of Troyes, the president of the French second division club has said.

In June it was announced that Allen, who owns National Premier Soccer League club Spartans FC in Portland, would soon take control of Troyes, who were relegated from Ligue 1 last season.

But there has been little talk of the deal since, and Troyes president Daniel Masoni confirmed it had been held up.

"Nothing is moving," he told L'Equipe. "We're still waiting...

Atletico Madrid complete deal to buy stake in Lens

The Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis was renovated for use in Euro 2016.

La Liga club Atletico Madrid have formalised the purchase of 34.6 percent of the shares of Ligue 2 club Lens.

It was announced in May that Atletico were to take a large share in the French club, which has been beset with financial issues in recent years, with a Luxembourg based company called Solferino headed by the Champions League finalists' long-time advisor Ignacio Aguillo having the remaining 65 percent in a deal overseen by the French bankruptcy courts.

Lens were relegated in 2011, and although...

Arsenal to play preseason game against Lens on July 22

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop assesses which of the top strikers in the world would best suit Arsenal.

Arsenal will kick off their preseason games by taking on French second-division side RC Lens on July 22.

The London club announced the fixture on Thursday, saying the Gunners will travel to to the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in northern France for an evening game against the Ligue 2 club.

Arsene Wenger's side are likely to still be without several of their main stars for that game as the Frenchman normally gives players at least three weeks off after international duty. That means the likes of Germany's...

 By PA Sport

Marseille set to snap up Saif Eddine Khaoui from Ligue 2 Tours

l'Olympique Marseille's Stade Velodrome will be Saif Eddine Khaoui's new home.

Marseille are poised to make their first signing of the summer after Ligue 2 Tours announced a deal had been reached for the transfer of young midfielder Saif Eddine Khaoui.

"An agreement has been reached this weekend between Tours and Olympique de Marseille for the transfer of the young player Saif Eddine Khaoui," Tours said on their website.

The 21-year-old midfielder only turned professional a year ago, but impressed in 27 appearances for Tours, scoring three goals and adding four assists, and...

 By Mark Rodden

Spartans owner Gary Allen close to takeover of French Ligue 2 club Troyes

Troyes were relegated from Ligue 1 last season but are set for a financial boost with the impending takeover.

French second-tier side Troyes are set for a takeover by American investor Gary Allen.

Troyes president and majority shareholder Daniel Masoni revealed on Monday that he would soon hand control of the club to Allen, 45, the owner of National Premier Soccer League club Spartans FC in Portland.

"For several weeks, through an intermediary of Gary Allen, a project has materialised for the handover of 100 percent of the club," Masoni said at a news conference.

Masoni hopes the takeover can be completed...