In a bid to climb out of the relegation zone in the French Ligue 1, Olympique Lyon is gearing up for an active January transfer window, with the club eyeing a move for Super Eagles vice-captain Moses Simon, according to OwnGoalNigeria.com
The former French champions find themselves in a precarious position, currently languishing in 18th place on the league table after a challenging start to the season. Lyon’s struggles have prompted the club to seek reinforcements during the upcoming transfer window, as they aim to turn their fortunes around.
According to several reports from L’ÉQUIPE, Lyon is awaiting an update from the National Directorate of Management Control (DNCG) regarding potential modifications to their payroll and transfer control measures. An audition held at the Professional Football League headquarters reportedly yielded positive results, pending resolution of a few remaining details concerning missing documents for a “stay of proceedings.”
If the measures are lifted, Lyon plans to invest significantly in the January transfer market, having been restricted during the summer window. The club aims to utilize approximately €100 million, acquired through the sales of Bradley Barcola and Castello Lukeba to PSG and RB Leipzig, respectively.
Moses Simon emerges as a prime target for Lyon, with the 28-year-old Super Eagles star currently in the final six months of his contract with Ligue 1 side Nantes. Simon’s impressive record of 29 goals in 161 matches since his move from Levante four and a half years ago has caught Lyon’s attention, making him a key figure in their recruitment plans. According to Transfermarkt the player’s current market value is €9 million.
While Lyon is eager to secure Simon’s services, Nantes is equally determined to retain the talented winger. Talks have already commenced between Nantes and Simon’s representatives regarding a contract extension, as they seek to stave off interest from Lyon and ensure Simon remains a pivotal part of their squad beyond the summer. The unfolding negotiations add an intriguing layer to Lyon’s pursuit of Moses Simon in what promises to be a dynamic January transfer window.