9 Ligue 1 players who could be Premier League-bound – and who they'd suit

James Eastham picks out a handful of France-based stars who could cross the Channel in the winter window

1. Jean-Kevin Augustin (PSG)

Augustin went on to become his country's star man and top scorer when they won the European Under-19 Championship in July

PSG have regularly insisted there's room in their first team for academy graduates, but Augustin must wonder what more he needs to do to ger his chance. A member of the U19 team that reached the UEFA Youth League final last season (where they lost to Chelsea), Augustin went on to become his country's star man and top scorer when they won the European Under-19 Championship in July.

Despite that, PSG went out and bought Jese as Edinson Cavani's understudy in the summer; as a result, Augustin has just 189 minutes of Ligue 1 action to his name this season and is surely now questioning how much of a future he has at the Parc des Princes. 

Would suit: Leicester, West Ham, Everton

2. Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco)

Athletic, powerful and calm on the ball, Bakayoko has excelled as part of Leonardo Jardim's exciting outfit this term

Chelsea have been linked with a January move for Monaco star Bakayoko, which is no surprise given how well he's played in 2016/17. The defensive midfielder was always likely to be a bargain at just €8m – the Frenchman joined from Rennes in 2014 – and could now move on for up to four times that fee in January.

Athletic, powerful and calm on the ball, Bakayoko has excelled as part of Leonardo Jardim's exciting outfit this term. He'll need to add more intensity to his game if he crosses the Channel next month, but the 22-year-old has the attributes to become a complete midfielder.

Would suit: Chelsea, Manchester City

3. Benoit Costil (Rennes)

Costil was France's third-choice goalkeeper behind Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda at Euro 2016

Rennes' No.1 is out of contract at the end of the season, and while he's insisted that he won't leave in January, that could change if his club receive a sizeable bid from the Premier League. Costil was France's third-choice goalkeeper behind Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda at Euro 2016 and has been one of Ligue 1's most consistent custodians in recent years. At 29 he's both experienced and young enough to still have plenty of action left in him.

Would suit: Everton

Benoit Costil

Costil could be keen on a move to the Premier League next month