Lyon could battle Bordeaux for Yoann Gourcuff after admitting an interest in the young midfielder.
The 23-year-old is only a year into a four-year deal at Bordeaux, but Bernard Lacombe, special advisor at Lyon, claims a reliable source has informed him the France international is keen on a move to Les Gones.
However, Lyon's pursuit could turn into a tug of war with their Ligue 1 rivals after Bordeaux coach Jean Tigana admitted his desire to keep hold of the midfielder.
"He (Gourcuff) wants to come to us. I know it. He hasn't told me directly but people have told me so. We have to find a common ground with Bordeaux," Lacombe told L'Equipe.
"It will be difficult. Unless there is a huge offer from us, Jean Tigana will do what it takes to keep him.
"But there is a chance. If there is a chance, why shouldn't we seize it?"
Gourcuff, who joined Bordeaux on loan from AC Milan in 2008 and enjoyed an impressive debut season at the club, was plagued by injury problems last term after making the move permanent.
But despite his disappointing campaign, Bordeaux are desperate to retain the youngster's services.
"For me Yoann embodies the future of the Girondins," Tigana told Le Parisien.
"I'm counting on him because I prefer to work with good players.
"But he is one of those who have a release clause. If a club puts up the stated amount, we could not oppose his departure."
Gourcuff's release clause stands at €26.5million (£22m), an amount that is understood to have cooled the interest of clubs such as Manchester City.