Another week, another goal - Wahbi Khazri just cannot stop scoring.
The Sunderland forward - who joined Stade Rennes on loan in the summer - notched his ninth goal in 16 league starts for Sabri Lamouchi’s side as they won away at Amiens, moving up to fifth in the Ligue 1 table.
The Tunisian international latched on to a long ball, working hard to get into a shooting position before his strike deflected past the goalkeeper and into the net to give his side the lead.
Just get rid of it!— Goal (@goal) March 3, 2018
Rennes' Khazri scores a nice solo opener against Amiens, but they had plenty of opportunities to clear the ball pic.twitter.com/CtekbTV2fO
Playing regularly in a decent side is bringing the best out of the former Bordeaux man, who has flourished playing as part of a front three alongside ex-West Ham striker Diafra Sakho.
And his fantastic form hasn’t gone unnoticed, with the likes of Olympique Marseille and OG Nice apparently interested in signing him come the end of the season.
Whilst Rennes agreed upon a loan deal whereby they pay a portion of Khazri’s wages, they don’t have a purchase option on the player. So, whilst he may be happy currently with ‘the red and blacks’, he’s not tied to any deal bar his Sunderland one come the summer - and this will alert other clubs to his availability.
Lamouchi admitted that he doubts Khazri will remain at the Stade Rennais beyond June 30th, when the loan agreement with Sunderland ends, but reaffirmed his belief in the Ajaccio-born attacker’s commitment to the cause.
Speaking to Ouest-France, Khazri’s gaffer said:
He is a decisive player and the key that shows us the way to success. He is invested and focused on the Stade Rennais. We will try to have fun while his here and will see what happens at the end of the season.
French sport outlets Mercato and 10Sport have this weekend speculated that other Ligue 1 clubs are circling around Khazri and are monitoring his progress ahead of the culmination of the current season.
But, despite playing well and knowing that big clubs are interested in his services, Khazri has no need to rush into making a decision. With the World Cup finals on the horizon, the wide-forward will be hoping for a strong group campaign with Tunisia in order to attract the attention of even more clubs - perhaps in the English Premier League, or La Liga.