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Papa Bouba Diop signs for Fulham

last updated Tuesday 27th July 2004, 7:20 PM

Fulham have signed Senegal World Cup star Papa Bouba Diop from French club Lens.

Pape Bouba Diop
Pape Bouba Diop
Position Midfielder


P.O.B. Dakar, Senegal
Height 6' 3"
Club RC Lens

The 26-year-old defensive midfielder has signed a four-year deal after joining the London club for an undisclosed fee.

Diop joins new signings Andy Cole, Tomasz Radzinski and Claus Jensen at Craven Cottage.

Manager Chris Coleman said 'I have already said how important these last few weeks have been to the club in terms of our signings, and I am more than delighted to have been able to secure the services of some quality players.'

Diop was one of the stars of Senegal's run to the World Cup quarter-finals two years ago and came to global attention when he scored the only goal in the tournament's opening match against then world champions France.

He made 25 appearances in the French top flight for Lens last season, scoring three times, and scored twice in the UEFA Cup.

'It was important that we made some new additions to the current squad and I am confident that the players we have signed will prove to be great additions,' Coleman added.

'We have a tremendous team spirit at Fulham and proven playing ability at the highest level, so I am more than looking forward to the start of next season.'

Pape Bouba Diop joined Senegal's French contingent when he left Swiss side Grasshoppers Zurich for Lens.

The defensive midfielder acts as a midfield enforcer who is strong in the tackle but also breaks forward when the chance arises.

He has played in the Uefa Cup and is a Senegal international.

source: BBCSport
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