Lyon snap up Malbranque
Lyon have completed the double signing of midfielder Steed Malbranque and defender Fabian Monzon.
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Malbranque, who was a free agent after leaving St Etienne last year, returns to the Stade Gerland after spending 10 years in England with Fulham, Tottenham and Sunderland.
Argentina international Monzon arrives from Ligue 1 rivals Nice for a fee of three million euros.
Les Gones president Jean-Michel Aulas told olweb.fr: "Steed returns to Lyon after many years in England. He has signed for one season.
"Fabian arrives from Nice on a four-year deal for three million euros.
"I am delighted to welcome these two players."
Malbranque only made one appearance for St Etienne despite signing a two-year deal last August, agreeing to a mutual termination of his contract one month later for undisclosed reasons.
The 32-year-old said: "I've come home and I'm very happy to do so. Lyon is a club close to my heart.
"The challenge of getting back to a high level after 10 months out is exciting.
"I want to show everybody that I still have the desire and determination.
"I hope that everything goes well and we have a good season. I'm not apprehensive.
"I really want to repay the club."
Monzon, 25, added: "I'm very happy to be at Lyon where everybody has welcomed me."
Despite marshalling Nice's backline last season, the centre-back registered 10 goals as the club's appointed penalty taker.
Aulas later hinted that Lyon would be ready to listen to a renewed approach from Tottenham for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
With the London club receiving a serious financial boost from the sale of Luka Modric to Real Madrid, manager Andre Villas-Boas is set to reinvest the fee before the transfer window closes on Friday.
He told L'Equipe: "I told Hugo on Monday about certain exchanges (with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy).
"It is he who holds the key, the decision belongs to him. I think Tottenham will come back in for him.
"It is up to him to decide if the conditions of the transfer are suitable, in terms of what he expects, in fiscal and sporting terms."