Brest made a late attempt to sign Reims’ youngster Alexis Flips on deadline day

As reported by Foot Mercato, Brest’s search for an attacking midfielder to replace Lyon-bound Romain Faivre led them to Reims young creator Alexis Flips before seeing two offers rejected by the Champagne club on deadline day.

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Earlier in the month, Villarreal contacted Reims for Flips (21) while Watford and Eintracht Frankfurt were also interested in the Frenchman with Reims valuing the breakout player at around €7m. Bournemouth and Alaves made enquiries for the player in the summer too.

Brest eventually moved on to Algerian Youssef Belaili who signed on a free and more than doubled the club’s Twitter following overnight.