Skysports.com understands Lyon are to beat a number of Premier League sides to the signature of Gueida Fofana.
The 20-year-old midfielder is regarded as a hot prospect for the future and was expected to secure a high-profile switch in the near future.
Having cut his teeth at Le Havre, he is now ready to test himself at a higher level.
A move to England has been widely touted, with Aston Villa having come close to securing his services during the last January transfer window.
Interest has mounted again this summer, with Tottenham and Fulham understood to be keen on the youngster.
It is, however, looking increasingly likely that Fofana will remain in his homeland and complete a move to Lyon.