Piquionne pitches up at Lyon

Ligue 1 title-holders Olympique Lyonnais have made Frédéric Piquionne their fourth signing of the summer after they paid AS Monaco FC €4.7m for the frontman.

Frédéric Piquionne in Monaco colours
Frédéric Piquionne in Monaco colours ©Getty Images

Olympique Lyonnais have made their fourth signing of the summer after paying AS Monaco FC €4.7m for striker Frédéric Piquionne.

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The 29-year-old, who was born in the French territory of New Caledonia, has penned a four-year deal with the UEFA Champions League contenders, who have won the Ligue 1 title for the past seven seasons. Piquionne joined the Principality outfit from Lyon's local rivals AS Saint-Etienne and will join a small group of players – Aimé Jacquet and Grégory Coupet being the most famous – who have turned out for both clubs. Piquionne scored 12 goals in 46 Ligue 1 appearances for Monaco after joining midway through 2006/07 campaign, form which led to his France debut in March's 1-0 friendly defeat of Austria in Paris. Lyon captain Cris welcomed Piquionne's arrival, saying: "He is a good anchor. He is fast and gave us trouble in the past." Piquionne joins midfielders Jean II Makoun and Miralem Pjanić and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in arriving at Stade de Gerland this summer.