Auxerre confirm Cisse interest

French side plan move for former star

By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo.   Last Updated: 20/12/11 5:11pm

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Djibril Cisse: Being targeted by Auxerre for a return to France in January

Djibril Cisse: Being targeted by Auxerre for a return to France in January

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Auxerre president Gerard Bourgoin has confirmed the club are interested in bringing former star Djibril Cisse back to the club.

Cisse has struggled to establish himself at Lazio after joining the Serie A club over the summer from Panathinaikos.

The 30-year-old has scored just one goal in 14 Serie A appearances for Lazio and reports have suggested he could move on in January.

Cisse is a big fans' favourite at Auxerre after spending six years at the club prior to his move to Liverpool in 2005.

The France international has admitted in the past that he would consider a return to Ligue 1 some stage in the future and Bourgoin has confirmed they would be keen on bringing Cisse back to Stade Abbe Deschamps.

"Djibril is one of the players we admire at Auxerre, which is where he was formed, and we know his qualities as a striker," said Bourgoin.

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"We're struggling for goals and we're thinking about this solution. We've looked at other great players apart from him, in France and abroad, who have scored lots of goals, are internationals, but who are having trouble at their clubs.

"Recently, Djibril admitted that he dreamed of getting back into the France squad and returning to the French league with Marseille or Auxerre, where he's already played. And if he had to choose, it'd probably be Auxerre.

"He's held out a branch - not a telegraph pole, but it's clear that we've responded to it.

"Nothing's been done for the time being. Lazio are not loaning or selling."

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