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14th Dec 2016

Lee Tomlin’s talks with Marseille are news to Lee Tomlin

The weirdest transfer rumour of the year.

Tom Victor

Olympique de Marseille have signed more British players than most of their French rivals in recent years, but their latest link came as a surprise.

Joey Barton and Steven Fletcher have both spent time at the Ligue 1 club of late, as has Stockport-born Jamaican international Tyrone Mears.

So when Bristol City forward Lee Tomlin was rumoured to be in talks with L’OM, it didn’t seem entirely far-fetched.

Still, you’d have thought someone might have thought to mention it to Tomlin himself.


While France Football admit the link comes as a surprise, the publication compares Tomlin to former Marseille frontman Mickaël Pagis – now a beach soccer star.

Tomlin, who played a handful of Premier League games for Bournemouth last season, has quickly laughed away the rumours, which are certainly out of left field.


And he was joined in his disbelief by…well…pretty much everyone.

Marseille are currently ninth in Ligue 1, 16 points adrift of league leaders Nice, after winning six of their opening 17 games.

So obviously the solution to their problems is a man whose career highlight was this turn for Middlesbrough against Manchester City. If this move goes through, we’ll mange our chapeaux.

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