Marseille coach Gerets confirms interest for Chelsea's Boulahrouz

Marseille manager Erik Gerets has confirmed an interest in signing Chelsea's Khalid Boulahrouz.

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The Dutch defender, who was recently called into the Holland Euro 2008 squad as cover for the injured Ryan Babel, has struggled to impress at Stamford Bridge after a £7million move from Hamburg in 2006.

Boulahrouz - who still has one year to run on his Chelsea contract - was sent out on loan to Sevilla last season, but Marseille boss Gerets has seen enough in the 26-year-old to consider making an offer.

"I have handed a list of the reinforcements that I want to the board and he (Boulahrouz) is on it," Gerets told De Telegraaf.

"It is now up to them to contact Chelsea. If that will happen I do not know. It could do.

"I don't know how much Boulahrouz would cost. That is not my area. But I would really like to have him."

Meanwhile, Boulahrouz insists he is unaware of any approach from Marseille.

"I have agreed with my agent that I will only be informed when I can sign," said Boulahrouz.

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