West Ham, Milan, Lyon, Valencia and Feyenoord are locked into a race to sign Fenerbahce’s forward Dirk Kuyt. [LigTV] pic.twitter.com/FRfK9vmBgQ— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) January 19, 2015
With clubs around France unable to splash out on huge money transfers, they have to get creative. One great example this week was LigTV, via Eurosport, linking Olympique Lyonnais with former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt.
Coach Hubert Fournier has done a fantastic job further blooding a young Lyon side, but with experience laced throughout the side.
Summer signing Christophe Jallet has been a revelation since his move from Paris Saint-Germain, the 31-year-old has even won back his place in the France national team.
He joins the likes of Steed Malbranque and Milan Bisevac as the elder statesmen in the Lyon side. Kuyt, at 34 years old, would be an interesting signing, but it is clear he is not past his best.
The Dutchman was part of Louis van Gaal’s Holland squad that reached the semi-final of the World Cup, and was able to adapt to play in the wing-back role.
What is key from Lyon’s veteran players, is the desire to put their bodies on the line, something that has been crucial in Kuyt’s success over the years. He is also the epitome of a team player and is willing to adapt and change to suit the needs of his club.
Some players take time to adapt to life in France, but for a player that has played in England and Turkey since leaving his native Netherlands, he has always adjusted well.
It would be an outside-the-box move from Lyon, but at Fenerbahce, Kuyt has scored 22 goals in 77 starts. He wouldn’t be starting in Lyon’s youthful attack, but he would be a fantastic option late off the bench and able to provide fantastic experience to players like Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir in training.
Lyon are currently top of the league, ahead of Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain. They are going to face some tough tests in the next few months if they are to win the Ligue 1 title and someone with Kuyt’s know-how, may just be the ideal winter signing.