Jean II Makoun is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for Stade Rennais as a central midfielder on loan from Aston Villa. He also plays in the Cameroon national football team. Makoun began his career in his native Cameroon at Cotonsport Garoua, where he was part of the team's youth setup. On 16 June 2008, Makoun signed with seven time French champions Olympique Lyonnais on a four year contract. In two consecutive games, he scored three in two games, in a brace against Nice and one against Le Havre, and which he made a double assist. On 13 January 2011, Lyon revealed via their official website that Makoun had travelled to England in order to discuss a possible move to Premier League club Aston Villa, managed by former Lyon boss Gérard Houllier. Two days later, on 15 January 2011, Aston Villa completed the signing of Makoun on a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £6.2m. He made his Premier League debut for Villa in an away match against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on 25 January 2011 in a 2–1 win. On 28 August 2011, Makoun joined the Greek club Olympiacos on a season-long loan deal. On 15 August 2012, it was announced that Makoun is to go on loan to French side Rennes. Makoun made his first appearance return for the club, in a 2-1 loss against Lorient on 16 September 2012, playing 90 minutes. On 20 October 2012, Makoun scored his first goal in a 2-1 win over champions Montpellier.