Could Lyon be a surprise destination for reported Liverpool target?

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Liverpool, among others, have been linked with a summer move for Andre-Pierre Gignac, but Lyon could be interested in signing the striker.

Out of contract in the summer, Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is going to be a hot property at the end of the season. He was linked with a move to Liverpool earlier in the year by The Independent, but they won’t be the only team interested.

Arsenal, by the Mirror, and Dynamo Moscow have been mentioned previously, but a new, quite surprising option may have revealed itself.

On Thursday, Marseille website Les Phoéens interviewed Olympique Lyonnais President Jean-Michel Aulas and he admitted they are interested in the Marseille centre-forward:

"If we had the two best scorers French in the same club, it would not hurt. I do not know if I have the means, but if you have the chance to play the Champions League, like OM also a Gignac-[Alexandre] Lacazette attack with [Nabil]Fekir as the number 10, you could not do much better!".

Gignac is a player that Lyon have watched develop for a number of years, including Bernard Lacombe, special advisor to the President.

At a press conference this week, the question was asked to Lyon coach Hubert Fournier, and he wasn’t about to distance himself from a move for Gignac:

"Gignac is an excellent player, we saw that Sunday night. We will explore all good players. His contract situation could be an opportunity in the market, because we will not be the richest in the market. This is an option that interests me."

This season, Gignac started like a house on fire, scoring 10 goals in his first 10 games. Since then he has struggled a little, but after 29 games he has 16 goals, the same total he managed last season.

Gignac’s goals have helped Marseille to the top three of Ligue 1, but it will take a little more to fire them into the automatic Champions League positions and there is a chance that Monaco could catch them for third.

For any future move, Gignac will want a new challenge, and Champions League football will be a huge part of that. It would take a complete collapse to see Lyon lose an automatic spot.

It would come as a complete surprise if Lyon were to nip in and steal Gignac away from the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal, but it would be a very exciting summer for Lyon and could show the type of ambition that would convince Lacazette to stay put.

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