Lyon confirm interest in Baros

French champions Lyon have confirmed stories from last week that they are interested in signing Milan Baros from Liverpool.

Lyon’s new manager is Gerard Houllier, and he rarely used the striker when he was manager at Anfield. According to the Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, there’s definite interest from the club. He said:  “Even if we want to remain as discreet as possible on our recruitment, I can confirm that Baros is definitely one of our objectives.”

According to Aulas, Houllier will be doing a little scouting with Lyon’s Sporting Director Bernard Lacombe before making any offers: 

“Bernard and Gerard will attend the Czech Republic’s next match.”

The Czech Republic’s next match is against Macedonia on Wednesday.

This follows on from their 8-1 victory at the weekend. Baros scored only nine goals in his 26 premiership games last season, and is often quoted as complaining if he’s not picked as first choice or gets substituted early. He missed three of Liverpool Premiership games through suspension..

Aulas has also confirmed that they are battle to keep midfielder Mickael Essien at Lyon. He had been linked with Chelsea, but Aulas said: "As far as Essien is concerned we have agreed with his agent and we now just need to convince him to stay." Chelsea are once again at the centre of tapping-up allegations, after Spurs complained they’d approached their director of football.