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.
"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."
If Lyon were to conclude a deal for Faubert, they would primarily be buying the former Bordeaux player so he could plug the gap at right-back left by injuries to Francois Clerc and Anthony Reveillere.
He could also be used on the right of midfield, with Sidney Govou out for the rest of the season through injury.
Lyon's preference would be a six-month loan deal for Faubert.Reuse content