According to reports French source L'Équipe, Borussia Dortmund are among the clubs interested in obtaining the services of Rennes attacking midfielder Désiré Doué. According to the report in question, both Dortmund and Newcastle in particular seem to be preparing to make a move for the young Frenchman before the end of the transfer window.
The timing of Dortmund's alleged interest in the player falls in line with a possible departure, namely that of United States international Gio Reyna. With so much talk regarding the American's possible departure, the club may be looking to replace him swiftly, with Doué as a possible target.
During this current season, Doué has scored 2 goals in 16 Ligue 1 appearances for Rennes. While these stats don't highlight a standout season for the player so far, he is certainly regarded as one of the French top flights most interesting and talented young players. Doué is praised for his ability to carry the ball up the pitch, which is highlighted by his ranking in the 97th percentile for progressive carries (3.43 per 90) when compared with players in Europe's top five leagues. His ability to drive the ball forward has made him a great creative outlet for his team despite his age.
Ironically enough, reports this season have indicated that a move away from Rennes could be the next short term step in Doué's career due to the limited number of minutes afforded to the player this season. This problem is one that is shared at Dortmund by the player he might be replacing, namely Reyna.
While of course this news is simply a rumor as of now, there may be movement on the transfer market that could see the conditions for Dortmund to facilitate this move arise. That being said, if Doué were to leave france for Germany, the player would likely seek assurances in terms of minutes. In a team like Dortmund, he may find similar roadblocks to those faced by Reyna unless he shows himself to be a more well-rounded player than the American.