Lille winger Nicolas Pepe and Rennes star Ismaila Sarr have been named on an eleven-man shortlist for the Marc Vivien Foe Award.
Both Pepe and Sarr have been linked with a move to Arsenal at the end of this season.
Pepe is the favourite for the award after his sensational season at Lille with 18 league goals to show for his quality.
The Marc Vivien Foe Award is for the best African player in the French top flight and the latest list of nominees includes 11 players from 10 different countries.
The aforementioned Award is to celebrate former Cameroon national team midfielder Marc Vivien Foe who died during the 2003 FIFA Confederation Cup semifinals with Colombia.
Villarreal attacker Karl Toko Ekambi was the recipient of the Marc Vivien Foe Award last year before his transfer to Spain at the start of the season.
The winner will be announced on May 13.
Full List of Nominees:
Youcef Atal (Nice and Algeria)
Yunis Abdelhamid (Reims and Morocco)
Stephane Bahoken (Angers and Cameroon)
Denis Bouanga (Nimes and Gabon)
Max Gradel (Toulouse and Cote d’Ivoire)
Francois Kamano (Bordeaux and Guinea)
Wahbi Khazri (Saint Etienne and Tunisia)
Nicolas Pepe (Lille and Cote d’Ivoire)
Lebo Mothiba (Strasbourg and South Africa)
Bertrand Traore (Lyon and Burkina Faso)
Ismaila Sarr (Rennes and Senegal)