Lyon plan Morientes raid
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon have emerged as potential suitors for Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes.Lyon have emerged as potential suitors for Fernando Morientes if Liverpool fail to land the Real Madrid striker.
The classy hit-man proved a revelation in the French league last season whilst on loan at Monaco and clearly made a lasting impression on the current champions.
Morientes is thought to have enjoyed his time in the Principality and could be offered a return to France, courtesy of Lyon's interest.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas concedes that Liverpool are in pole position to land the coveted striker but that he would definitely consider backing a deal if the move flounders.
''If he does not sign there (Liverpool) and wishes to return to France, we will consider the possibility,'' Aulas told L'Equipe.
Despite their apparent interest in Morientes with speculation suggesting they have forwarded him details of a possible two-and-a-half year deal, it would appear he is more likely to complete a move to Anfield.
Morientes has already expressed his desire to work with former Valencia chief Rafa Benitez at Liverpool and it has been reported that a move could be completed in the not too distant future.
Injury and speculation over the future of chief goalscorer Giovane Elber - the Brazilian has now been replaced by Nilmar as one of the club's permitted four non-EU players - has increased the necessity for Lyon to bolster their forward line.
Elber has been linked with a return to Germany and not being able to play for the club again this season, it would appear his time at Stade Gerland is drawing to a close.