Sunday, 20th January, 2013

Lyon may be ready to send Yoann Gourcuff to Arsenal on loan until the end of the season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-time admirer of Gourcuff, whose career has stalled at Lyon after a bright spell with Bordeaux which saw him labelled the "new Zinedine Zidane".

There had been speculation that Arsenal had submitted a bid for the midfielder during the current transfer window, but Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas dismissed this.

However, according to French daily Journal Du Dimanche, Aulas could be open to allowing Gourcuff to head to Arsenal on loan.


Such a measure would remove the 26-year-old from Lyon’s wage bill, which would be attractive for Aulas, who is looking to cut costs.

It would also offer the opportunity for Gourcuff to put himself in the shop window and rediscover his best form at Arsenal, before a permanent transfer next summer, when Aulas would look to recoup a larger chunk of the €22M the player cost in 2010.

Lyon have performed well this season with Gourcuff only playing a minor role.

The 26-year-old has only started seven Ligue 1 games so far this season, scoring one goal.

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