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Lyon 19:45 St Etienne

Lyon look at new Essien

By Patrick Haond.   Last Updated: 22/08/05 11:43am

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Lyon are believed to have targeted Toulouse's Achille Emana as the replacement for Michael Essien.

The departure of Essien to Chelsea has left a huge gap in the Lyon midfield, and the search has been on to bring in someone that can become a new star at the club.

First choice Jeremy Toulalan of Nantes looks like a non-starter, with his club firmly rejecting several bids and Cerezo Osaka's Fabinho would not work as a direct replacement.

The search has now turned to Cameroon international Emana, who has already rejected a move to Paris Saint Germain in the past year.

The defensive midfielder has apparently got an agreement in his current deal to be able to talk to big clubs - and could begin discussions on a potential ‚é¼7 million (£4.75m) move.

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