Two days, two links to strikers from Olympique Lyonnais. Yesterday, we passed along the rumor that Tottenham Hotspur have been sniffing around Bafetimbi Gomis. Today, we get a new rumor about a Tottenham striker. Ben Lyttleton, who's Daniel Levy lowballing now?
I wasn't able to locate this article on L'Equipe's website, so I assume he is referring to a print or subscriber version that is not on their website yet. I was able to locate the Isimat-Mirin article he references and, if you're unaware, Lyttleton is as good as it gets when it comes to information about French football in English. Even though I was unable to locate the source, I'm sure this is legitimate.
Lopez is having an average season after three previously excellent campaigns for Lyon. "Average" for him is six goals in 14 league matches, which is nothing to sneeze at. He's a very technically sound striker and a great distributor of the ball; basically, he's everything new-breed Emmanuel Adebayor awkwardly attempts to be.
Lyon have a few up-and-coming kids at center forward that they might want to give playing time to, but they don't have enough senior strikers to let either Lopez or Gomis go on the cheap. Juventus have been chasing Lopez, and have had multiple bids rejected. It would be surprising if Lopez left Lyon for a reasonable loan fee.
Levy's just doing his due diligence by sniffing around, but this is probably not where he's going to find any short- or long-term answers at center forward unless he's willing to pay big.