Report: West Ham interested in signing one-time 'next Zidane' Yoann Gourcuff

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West Ham are interested in signing former Arsenal target Yoann Gourcuff.

West Ham have been named as an interested club in former French international Yoann Gourcuff.

French website StarAfrica.fr report that West Ham have expressed an interest in the Lyon playmaker, who is also interesting Bordeaux.

Gourcuff is 28-years-old and will be a free agent this summer with his contract set to expire. He took a pay cut earlier in the season but did not extend his deal, as reported by Yahoo Eurosport.

A former French international, Gourcuff was once lauded as the heir to Zinedine Zidane, as reported by The Independent back in 2009.

He was playing for Bordeaux at the time, having returned from a spell at AC Milan where he had failed to live up to the hype he received ahead of the move.

The playmaker made 19 appearances for Lyon this season, scoring three times and providing five assists. 

Gourcuff is a set piece specialist and has been regularly linked with Arsenal, with SkySports reporting two years ago the attacker was hoping to secure a move to the Gunners.

West Ham can't offer Champions League football like Arsenal, but can give him a chance to play in England in the Premier League.

Gourcuff has suffered with injuries in his career, but remains a real talent. Lyon confirmed this week he is free to leave on a free transfer, despite paying €22 million for him in 2010, reported ESPN.

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