Lyon are working on a 'process of elimination' after drawing a blank in their pursuit of Nicolas Anelka, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jefferson Farfan.
Following the departure of Sylvain Wiltord to Rennes, and an injury to Fred, the French champions are chasing a new striker.
Anelka has been mooted as a target, but the Bolton Wanderers forward has admitted he is not keen to return to France.
Barcelona's Gudjohnsen, and PSV Eindhoven's Farfan, have also been considered, but Lyon coach Alain Perrin is now moving down his list.
"Anelka?" said Perrin at a press conference. "We have been interested in him for a while, but we understand he doesn't want to come back and play in France.
"Indeed we asked for information about Gudjohnsen, but he seems injured at the moment.
"Lyon needs a player available quickly. We also watched Farfan, but it is an improbable trail.
"So, we go on looking, but we must admit in the current context we rather work by a process of elimination than real choices."
Fred's future at Stade Gerland had been in doubt, but Perrin expects the Brazilian striker to stay.
Perrin added: "Like my chairman, I am calm about Fred, with whom I had some talks for a few days.
"Frankly, I have no doubt he will stay with us."