Lyon look at new Essien
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Lyon are believed to have targeted Toulouse's Achille Emana as the replacement for Michael Essien.
The departure of Essien to Chelsea has left a huge gap in the Lyon midfield, and the search has been on to bring in someone that can become a new star at the club.
First choice Jeremy Toulalan of Nantes looks like a non-starter, with his club firmly rejecting several bids and Cerezo Osaka's Fabinho would not work as a direct replacement.
The search has now turned to Cameroon international Emana, who has already rejected a move to Paris Saint Germain in the past year.
The defensive midfielder has apparently got an agreement in his current deal to be able to talk to big clubs - and could begin discussions on a potential é¼7 million (£4.75m) move.