Spillane nears Shrimpers move

Toulouse coach Alain Casanova is frustrated by the prospect of

losing Moussa Sissoko on a free transfer this summer.

The midfielder, 23, has spent his entire career with the Tefece

but is out of contract at the end of this season.

Talks over a new deal this season and last have failed to

produce an agreement and Casanova has called for a change in the

laws.

“Le club have made him offers and, if he does not accept them,

we cannot do anything,” he said.

“President (Olivier) Sadran has done all he could to keep him,

for 18 months now. I find it strange that players developed by a

club can, of their own volition, leave for nothing.

“There needs to be a regulation which instigates a minimum

payment to a player’s formative club if he leaves.”

Sissoko, who has been with Toulouse since 2005, is a reported

target for Premier League outfits Newcastle and Sunderland, as well

as Ligue 1 title chasers Marseille and ambitious Ligue 2 side

Monaco.

The 25-year-old, who was on the Saints’ bench against Chelsea in

the 2-2 draw on Wednesday night, began his career at Exeter before

moving to St Mary’s.

He spent time with Championship club Charlton this season, where

he made seven appearances – the last of which came on Boxing

Day.

“Dan is a player we have always liked and we have been aware of

him since his days at Exeter,” Eddie Howe told the Daily Echo.

“He is a left-sided defender, he is very experienced and is a

leader. He is composed on the ball and good in the air and has all

the attributes that we look for in a player.

“We certainly feel we need defensive cover and he can operate at

left-back as well. It is a signing that boosts our numbers

defensively and adds competition for the squad.”

Seaborne trained with Bournemouth on Thursday and could come

into the squad for their trip to Walsall on Saturday.

A deal is believed to have been agreed between the two clubs and

Spillane is now in the process of finalising personal terms, with

an agreement expected to be completed before the weekend.

Spillane has been an integral part of Dagenham’s side this

season, making 27 starts and scoring five goals, although he has

not made an appearance since the 3-1 defeat at Northampton on New

Year’s Day.

Daggers boss John Still is understood to be keen on an unnamed

youngster at Birmingham as his replacement.