The club spotted Dolly during the Olympic Games in Brazil in August and are interested in his versatility, able to play on either wing or more centrally in an attacking midfield role, according to reports in France.
Dolly’s unresolved dispute with Sundowns over an extension of his contract has also not gone unnoticed overseas and would make the player more sellable in the opinion of the French, because if Sundowns are to get any decent return from their initial transfer fee to Ajax Cape Town, they could be tempted to sell in the January transfer window.
However, club bosses at Chloorkop have previously turned down an 800 000 Euro (about R11.5-million) offer from Greek side Olympiakos for Dolly.
This is the event that triggered the player's dispute with the club, who claim the buyout clause specified in his contract is a mistake. A verdict had been expected before Christmas but has not yet been handed down by the PSL's Dispute Resolution Chamber.
If Dolly does move to Ligue 1, he will join ex-Bafana Bafana colleague Kermit Erasmus who is on the books of Rennes but has seen little game-time since his departure from Orlando Pirates to Europe just under one year ago.
Montpellier, who were surprise French champions in 2012, had initially set their sights on Cameroon international Ambroise Oyongo but baulked at a price tag of 3-million Euros from his Canadian club Montreal Impact.