West Ham midfielder Julien Faubert is desperate to clinch a move to Lyon because he believes it would enhance his prospects of a return to the France squad.

The 25-year-old has revealed the Hammers are in talks with the French champions about his possible move to the Stade Gerland.

And Faubert would relish a return to French football, with his chief target being a spot in the Les Bleus squad for the World Cup in South Africa next year. "I am crossing my fingers - the two clubs are in talks," the one-time France cap told Aujourd'hui Sport.

He added: "Lyon would really be great. I would rediscover Ligue 1 and France but also the Champions League and the eyes of the national-team coach. Because my aim still remains the 2010 World Cup.

"I really hope this is going to sort itself out."

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