Gunners set sights on Lyon playmaker

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Arsenal are reportedly targeting Lyon and Cameroonian midfielder Jean Makoun for a January move.

Manager Arsène Wenger this week confirmed that Arsenal have money to spend in the January transfer window. However, he typically stressed that the club would only be spending if the player was right for the club.

"We have still resources available to bring one or two players in if needed in January," said the Gunners' French boss.

Jean Makoun has been linked with Arsenal and also Aston Villa, after falling out of favour with his current club Lyon. It is believed the 27-year old will leave Lyon in January after starting in only four out of nine games this season.

Speculation has been fuelled by the Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas, who came out and admitted this week that the club had received 'one or two approaches from England', who also further indicated the offers were initial loan periods with an option to buy at the end.

This is not the first time Arsenal have shown interest in the Cameroonian midfielder. Two years ago both Arsenal and Spurs voiced interest in the player, when he was leaving former club Lille.

However, both clubs were beaten to the player by Lyon who paid £11million. Following this Makoun had an impressive first season with his new club, although fell out of favour with the Lyon coach the following season. Now, the Daily Mail reports that the Emirates club are keen on a January switch.

Makoun's contract expires in 2012, meaning he would be available for a reduced fee at the end of the season. However, reports suggest that Villa are in the lead to sign the midfielder in January, partially due to their new manager Gerard Houllier already being familiar with the player.

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