Olympique Lyonnais closing in on Nancy's Samba Diakite - report

The holding midfielder appears to be on his way to a bigger club this winter as the Champions League last-16 side are in advanced talks about a move
Samba Diakite appears to be on his way out of Nancy in the winter transfer window as they are in advanced talks with Olympique Lyonnais about a January move, L'Equipe reports.

The Ligue 1 giants are keen to add some more depth to their midfield ahead of the second half of the 2011-12 campaign, and they have allegedly identified the 22-year-old Diakite as the perfect signing.

Lyon were already linked with the Nancy star in the summer transfer window, but a move never materialised back in 2011.

Nevertheless, both sides are now believed to be close to reaching an agreement on a six-month loan deal with the obligation to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

Diakite joined Nancy in the summer of 2007 and has since developed into an important first-team member at ASNL. His current contract is due to expire in June 2014.