Lyon have moved quickly to find a replacement for Real Madrid bound Mahamadou Diarra.
The French champions have conceded defeat in their bid to keep the Malian international and they have now moved to seal a deal for Alou Diarra from Lens.
The former Liverpool midfielder had looked set to move to Roma, but now that deal has been hijacked by Lyon and they have already agreed a four-year deal with the 24-year-old.
Lyon are believed to have agreed a fee in the region of é¼7 million (£4.7 million) with Lens.
Alou Diarra, no relation to Mahamadou, is expected to be unveiled in the next 24 hours, when Real should also announce they have landed the Lyon man.