United and Arsenal on red alert for 'star' midfielder

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Lyon star Jean Makoun has intimated that he is ready to leave the French Ligue 1 side in the January transfer window.

This has put English giants Manchester United and Arsenal on alert, who are both long term admires of the strong Cameroon star, who played in this summer's World Cup.

The Cameroon international has been out of action due to a thigh injury, but has remained a target for the Les Gones supporters who have demanded he leaves.

Fans are furious they have had to watch the side drop into the relegation zone, before a recent return to form has seen them climb to 11th, and they are now only five points behind league leaders Brest.

Manager Claude Puel has used Makoun sparingly this season, and the 27-year-old former Lyon man is ready to wait for offers to come in after admitting he is far from happy with his current situation.

"I want to play and I'm going to keep my concentration and wait (for offers). There are people working hard in this respect," Makoun said at a recent press conference.

"We're obviously thinking about the winter transfer market and it's totally normal for me to be looking to see if I can get more playing time elsewhere.

Lyon paid a whopping £11 million to see off competition and Makoun impressed in his first season before starting to fall out of coach Claude Puel's plans last season.

He would be available for a knockdown fee at the end of the season as his contract expires in 2012.

Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas admitted there were 'one or two approaches from England', indicating they were for initial loan deals with an option to buy.

Manchester United have long been linked with a move for the Lyon midfielder, since they faced off against him in the Champions League in 2007 and former side Lille. Makoun was then touted as a £20 million replacement for Paul Scholes.

Owen Hargreaves latest injury setback has given Sir Alex Ferguson a headache and with Makoun available for so little, Ferguson might not be able to resist trying to bring him to Old Trafford.

He would face competition from Arsenal, who have also been linked with Makoun as Arsene Wenger looks to add some much needed steel into his midfield.

Arsene Wenger only has Alex Song as a holding midfielder, so any deal for Makoun would give Arsenal more options and allow his other midfielders to push forward whilst Makoun sits.

Makoun, who has 54 caps for his country, is believed to favour a move to England, as it is similar to the French league in terms of style and physicality, so Manchester United and Arsenal could find themselves in pole position, although Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been linked with potential moves.


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