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Udinese tie up Fernandes loan signing

Published: Thursday 5 January 2012, 17.07CET
Switzerland midfielder Gelson Fernandes has joined Serie A title contenders Udinese Calcio on loan from AS Saint-Étienne until the summer, when the deal can be made permanent.
Udinese tie up Fernandes loan signing
Gelson Fernandes enjoyed his spell with Chievo last season ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Thursday 5 January 2012, 17.07CET

Udinese tie up Fernandes loan signing

Switzerland midfielder Gelson Fernandes has joined Serie A title contenders Udinese Calcio on loan from AS Saint-Étienne until the summer, when the deal can be made permanent.

Udinese Calcio have announced the signing of Switzerland midfielder Gelson Fernandes on loan from AS Saint-Étienne until the end of the season.

The Serie A outfit have the option to make the deal permanent in the summer for a player who spent the first half of this campaign in the English second tier with Leicester City FC. The 25-year-old, formerly of FC Sion and Manchester City FC, joined St Etienne in 2009 and spent the whole of 2010/11 on loan at AC Chievo Verona, scoring two goals in 29 league outings.

"Playing in Italy was a dream for me last term but unfortunately Chievo did not make the deal permanent, so I'm very happy to be back," the Cape Verde-born player said.

Udinese, who have also signed 23-year-old defender Jean-Alain Fanchone, will face PAOK FC in the UEFA Europa League round of 32, with the first leg taking place at the Stadio Friuli on 16 February.

Last updated: 05/01/12 17.49CET

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