Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed the French league leaders are interested in Chelsea defender Glen Johnson.
Johnson has struggled to break into the Chelsea team since his £6million move from West Ham in July 2003 and a move may increase his chances of playing in the World Cup with England this summer.
Lyon are short of defensive cover due to injuries and players departing for African Nations Cup duty.
After watching his side beat Marseille 2-1 last night, Aulas said: 'There are opportunities for now or June and Glen Johnson is on the list of players we are following closely.
'It does not only depend on us but on his club Chelsea too.'
Johnson has only made three appearances for Chelsea this season with coach Jose Mourinho preferring to use Portugal's Paulo Ferreira in the right-back role.