Rozehnal, Pedretti, Enyeama join new-look Lille

LOSC Lille Métropole have continued their summer recruitment drive by adding Vincent Enyeama, Benoît Pedretti and David Rozehnal to their burgeoning squad.

Vincent Enyeama celebrates scoring in last season's UEFA Champions League play-off
Vincent Enyeama celebrates scoring in last season's UEFA Champions League play-off ©AFP

Vincent Enyeama, David Rozehnal and Benoît Pedretti have become the latest in a growing list of summer signings by LOSC Lille Métropole.

Czech Republic centre-back Rozehnal, who turns 31 next week, makes a permanent move to the French champions having helped Rudi Garcia's men clinch the Ligue 1 title last season while on loan from Hamburger SV. Both he and Nigerian international goalkeeper Enyeama have signed three-year deals, with the latter joining the Dogues from Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC in a transfer reportedly worth €500,000.

The acquisition of ex-France midfielder Pedretti, meanwhile, was sealed on Thursday when he landed at Lille from AJ Auxerre in a €2.5m switch. The former FC Sochaux-Montbéliard and Olympique de Marseille man, who won the league with Olympique Lyonnais in 2005/06, will also have a three-year contract.

Former Paris Saint-Germain FC and S.S. Lazio defender Rozehnal, who has been capped 60 times by his country, started ten Ligue 1 games last season. "It's excellent news for me, my career and my personal life, because my family feels very settled in Lille," he said.

Enyeama, meanwhile, will hope to return to the UEFA Champions League fray next season after featuring six times in last term's group stage with Hapoel – and achieving the rare feat for a goalkeeper of scoring in the competition. The 28-year-old converted a penalty in Hapoel's 3-1 defeat by Olympique Lyonnais as well as in their 3-2 victory over FC Salzburg in the qualifying play-off second leg.

Enyeama notched eight goals in total in 113 Israeli Premier League outings for Hapoel, where he spent four years following a spell with Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv FC. Enyeama, Rozehnal and Pedretti's arrivals follow those of strikers Dimitri Payet and Ronny Rodelin from AS Saint-Étienne and FC Nantes respectively and defender Marko Baša from FC Lokomotiv Moskva.



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