Ligue 1 - Gourcuff on cusp of 18m Lyon switch

Reuters - Mon, 23 Aug 23:24:00 2010

France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff is to join Lyon from Bordeaux after both Ligue 1 clubs reached an agreement.

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Gourcuff will sign a long-term contract after passing a medical, a Lyon statement said.

The statement said the clubs had agreed on a transfer fee of 22 million Euros (17.95m), with an additional 4.5m Euros for Bordeaux if Lyon were to sell him later to another club.

"Lyon welcome the arrival of Yoann Gourcuff, who was the main target of coach Claude Puel and will give the team a new dimension in midfield," it said.

Gourcuff, 24, who has won 22 caps for France, was expected to leave Bordeaux following new Girondins coach Jean Tigana's decision to leave him out of the starting line-up for his side's 2-1 win at Paris St Germain in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

The elegant Gourcuff, widely regarded as France's most gifted player, joined Bordeaux in 2008 from AC Milan and helped Girondins win the Ligue 1 title in 2009.

He was voted Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 2009 but was later blamed for the poor run of form at the end of last season which saw Bordeaux slide to sixth and miss out on a place in Europe.

Gourcuff also suffered from France's disastrous World Cup performance and has only been a shadow of his brilliant best in the early stages of the current campaign.

If finalised, his transfer would become the most spectacular deal in Ligue 1 during the transfer window which closes on August 31 and had been fairly quiet in France so far.


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