French club Sochaux have been credited with a heavy interest in Maritimo striker Baba Diawara and are believed to be set to offer him a deal.

The 23-year old Senegalese forward has been in top form in the Portuguese Primeira Liga with nine goals in 13 appearances so far this season and is still a target for Celtic who will now face competition from the Ligue 1 outfit.

Reports suggest that Sochaux are tabling a £3million offer for Diawara as they face losing talented Mali international Modibo Maiga to England in the New Year despite the fact he failed a medical at Newcastle United last week.

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