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Liverpool made Yoann Gourcuff enquiry last year - Didier Poulmaire

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Liverpool and Manchester City have both declared an interest in signing Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff in the past couple of years, according to the Ligue 1 star's agent Didier Poulmaire.

In an interview with sportmediaset, the France international's representative has talked up his client's chances of securing a lucrative move away from Stade Gerland when his current contract expires at the end of the season.

Poulmaire revealed the identity of three high-profile clubs that have made formal enquiries for a player once dubbed the 'next Zinedine Zidane', name-checking La Liga champions Atletico Madrid alongside the aforementioned Premier League duo among his list of potential suitors.

Gourcuff has actually struggled to fulfil his potential with Les Gones, enduring a frustrating spell since joining from Bordeaux in a €22 million deal in the summer of 2010.

The 28-year-old has managed just 14 starts in Ligue 1 this campaign, and has been named in Hubert Fournier's starting XI on seven occasions as he continues to maintain his fitness and form.

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However, despite the difficulties that he has experienced in recent years, Poulmaire remains adamant that Gourcuff will not be short of offers when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

"Every year many foreign clubs ring the bell for him: Manchester City in the past, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool in the last year for example," he explained.

"The big clubs follow him forever, know his talent and I am sure that in the next transfer window there will be big clubs that show interest in him."

Unproven talent

With 31 international caps to his name since making his debut for Les Bleus in 2008, Gourcuff clearly has the required talent to forge a successful career, but it would be fair to say that comparisons with the great Zidane have gone quiet ever since his unsuccessful spell in Italy with AC Milan between 2006 and 2008.

Having been on the cusp of falling completely off the European radar, the Frenchman would probably relish the opportunity to embark on a new challenge abroad, and England's top-flight could be the perfect destination to rediscover his best form.

With Steven Gerrard set to leave Anfield in the summer, Brendan Rodgers is on the lookout for a replacement for his inspiration skipper, and Gourcuff could possibly help fill the creative void left by the midfielder's impending Merseyside departure.

Manuel Pellegrini seems much less likely to move for the Lyon outcast, given the wealth of attacking talent currently at his disposal at the Etihad Stadium. The Citizens' alleged interest probably came before the Chilean's appointment anyway, so fresh links with Gourcuff should definitely be taken with a pinch of salt.

Liverpool fans: Would you like to see Brendan Rodgers renew his interest in Yoann Gourcuff in the summer? Could the 28-year-old rediscover his best form at Anfield? Share your thoughts below...

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