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Les Lionceaux are seemingly preparing to replace Mevlut Erding with a bright young international talent.

Ligue 1 side Sochaux are preparing to sign USA international striker Charlie Davies, according to respected sportspaper L’Equipe.

Les Lionceaux are on the hunt for a striker as they have lost Mevlut Erding, the player who has top scored for them in each of the last two campaigns, to Paris Saint-Germain. Davies, who was part of the American side that impressed at the Confederations Cup this summer, has now appeared on their radar.

Currently in the States competing at the Gold Cup, Davies, who struck his third international goal on July 4 in a 4-0 success over Grenada, is expected to complete his move to France from Swedish side Hammarby on Thursday.

The former Westchester Flames man will pen a four-year contract with les Lionceaux, who are a club with a reputation of allowing promising youngsters to flourish. At 23-years-old and having scored at a ratio of nearly one goal in every two games during his time in Sweden, there is certainly a great deal of potential in this recruit.

Davies has been particularly prolific since the start of the latest Swedish season, although his campaign has been marred by a five-match ban, which was incurred by elbowing an Orebro defender. Such a temperamental streak may need to be quelled during his time in France, although he should prove a valuable goal scoring machine for les Lionceaux after the Gold Cup concludes on July 26.

Robin Bairner, Goal.com

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