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Lyon's Gourcuff ready for new challenge

June 6, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Lyon playmaker Yoann Gourcuff has put Arsenal on red alert after admitting he is ready to move on from the Stade Gerland.

Yoann Gourcuff's career at Lyon has been interrupted by a series of injuries
AssociatedYoann Gourcuff has struggled to impress since swapping Bordeaux for Lyon in 2010

Arsene Wenger is understood to be a big fan of the 26-year-old, who has had a disappointing three years at the Ligue 1 side, making just 49 appearances since a £19 million move from Bordeaux.

With fragile finances not helped by his hefty £80,000 a week wages, the club would likely listen to offers. So, it seems, would Gourcuff.

"If clubs are interested and interesting, I don't close the door on anything at all," the former AC Milan player, who has two years left on his OL deal, told Ouest France.

"The most important thing is to play, but I have to look at the sporting project, whether they count on me, the means that we're given to succeed, and if they have clear ideas which don't change after a defeat.

"I have a certain idea of football, a philosophy on how to play, I know in which conditions I can flourish and in which I can't. That's what counts most even if the economic aspect also comes into the equation."