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The Frenchman is eager to begin working with the former Lyon and Schalke player, who is set to snub Napoli interest in favour of a move to the Stadio Olimpico

Rudi Garcia believes the signing of Michel Bastos can make the difference for Roma as they chase Serie A and Coppa Italia success.

The Al Ain winger is believed to be close to completing a loan move to the Giallorossi and a reunion with his former coach at Lille.

And Garcia has revealed his delight at the prospect of bringing in the 30-year-old as his side chase domestic glory this term.

"It’s not done yet, but negotiations are at an advanced stage," the coach told reporters after Roma's 3-0 win against Livorno on Saturday. "He is a versatile player, which is what interests me. 

"I have been tracking this player since he left Lille, going through Lyon,Schalke and Al Ain. I always spoke to him and knew this was a possibility for us.

"Above all, he was very eager to come back to Europe, so I am happy. He’s not just a player of a top level, but also a good man.

"We are in second place and want to do everything possible to have an even better second half of the season. This is why we needed a player and one more option on the wing."