Fred set to head home

Lyon striker seeks January exit

Fred: Training with reserves

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Lyon's Brazilian striker Fred has confirmed that he is in talks with two clubs back in his homeland.

The 25-year-old has fallen out of favour at the French champions and is currently being forced to train with the reserves by coach Claude Puel.

The South American star is set to become a free agent in the summer, but is desperately seeking a switch during the January transfer window.

He has been informed that he will be allowed to move back to Brazil for nothing should a suitable approach be made, but Lyon will demand a fee should he decide to remain in Europe.

"I have a lot of respect for Lyon, but when I took the decision not to sign a contract extension things started to change," said Fred.

Trust

"I had a chat with the coach and he asked me train with the reserves so as not to disturb the group. I think that is logical.

"The club have said I can leave for Brazil on a free. I have therefore started to talk with Palmeiras and Fluminense. If I want to stay in Europe, then there would have to be a transfer fee.

"I feel that I have not improved in Europe though. I want to find fun and trust again, and that will be easier in Brazil among family and friends."

Lyon are reported to already be eyeing up potential replacements for Fred, keen to keep their attacking arsenal fully stocked.

Real Zaragoza ace Ricardo Oliveira is believed to feature prominently on their wish-list, while Cluj's Burkina Faso international Yssouf Kone is another possible target.