Olympique Lyonnais have been successful in their attempt to lure Lokomotiv Moscow striker Wilson Isidor (22) away from the clutches of Lorient, according to a report from L’Equipe.
The French publication adds that Lyon coach Laurent Blanc, president Jean-Michel Aulas and head of recruitment Bruno Cheyrou have all made contact with the Rennes-born player to convince him of a move to Lyon. Talks had been initiated between Lorient and the Russian outfit regarding a loan with a permanent option to buy. Lorient expected Isidor to be the man most likely to replace the departing Terem Moffi (23).
But Lyon reportedly took the lead in the race to sign Isidor with a €6m upfront fee. The former AS Monaco man is expected to fly to France this Friday to seal his move with the Rhône outfit. For Lyon and head coach Blanc, who sanctioned the loan with no option to buy of Karl Toko Ekambi (30) to Rennes and with Mateus Tetê (22) set to depart, an attacking reinforcement is more than welcome.
GFFN | Bastien Cheval