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Fulham sign Ouaddou

last updated Friday 29th June 2001, 7:00 PM
Abdeslam Ouaddou
Abdeslam Ouaddou

FULHAM have added to the squad ahead of the start of the Premiership season by signing Moroccan defender Abdeslam Ouaddou from French second Division side Nancy.

Cottagers boss Jean Tigana has again used his French connections to beat off competition from a number of top European clubs to grab the 22-year-old centre half.

Ouaddou had attracted the interest of Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Monaco and Ajax but the price tag, which could be as much as £4 million, has put them off signing him.

A report on the French club's website released the news saying: "An agreement was reached today (Friday) between the ASNL, Fulham and Abdeslam Ouaddou.

"This will involve a move for next season with Fulham. He has signed a four-year contract. A clause does not enable us to indicate the amount of the transfer."

The Moroccan international will join fellow French defender Alain Goma at Craven Cottage as Tigana continues to search Europe for players he believes will help Fulham consolidate their position in the top-flight.

The player, who is currently away on International duty with Morocco, will arrive at Craven Cottage on Monday.

Place of birth: Morroco Date of birth: 1st November 1978
Height: 6' 2 Weight: 12st 4
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