Southampton make bid for Lyon’s Moussa Dembélé

Southampton are pursuing a deal for Olympique Lyonnais striker Moussa Dembélé (26), according to a report from Foot Mercato.

The French publication report that the Premier League’s bottom-placed side have made a bid to their French counterparts. Dembélé is out of contract this summer. Lyon must cash in on him today or tomorrow in order to recoup a small part of the €22m they paid Celtic for him in 2018 or see him leave on a free. The former PSG youth product is no stranger to English football, having played for Fulham between 2014 and 2016.

Dembélé is playing a peripheral role with Lyon this season. He played fourteen Ligue 1 games, most of them coming from the bench, and scored only two goals. In the last three Ligue 1 outings, he was an unused substitute. Dembélé was already close to an England return. He reportedly spoke with Frank Lampard with a transfer to Everton in his sights, but the sacking of the Toffees’ boss pulled the plug on the move.

Lyon is set to completely shuffle his attacking options. Out-of-favour players Karl Toko Ekambi (30) and Romain Faivre (24) were respectively loaned to Rennes and Lorient, whilst Shakhtar loanee Tetê  (22) joined Leicester. Meanwhile, Lokomotiv Moscow striker Wilson Isidor (22), Heerenveen forward Amin Sarr (21) and Botafogo winger Jeffinho (23) are expected to arrive in Lyon.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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