Partizan bank on Diarra knowledge

FK Partizan have began preparations to face NK Zrinjski in the UEFA Cup by signing the club's former midfielder Lamine Diarra, and defender Milovan Sikimić.

FK Partizan have begun preparations for their UEFA Cup first qualifying round tie against NK Zrinjski by signing the Bosnia-Herzegovinan club's former midfielder Lamine Diarra, who joins along with defender Milovan Sikimić.

'Best option'
The 23-year-old Diarra, who scored five goals in 30 matches for Zrinjski in 2005/06 before spending last season on loan at Portuguese Liga side SC Beira-Mar, has signed a three-year contract with the Serbian runners-up, and is confident he has made the right move. "I've played for Zrinjski and Partizan are a much bigger and stronger club - I chose the best option for me," said the Senegalese midfielder. "I know what the club's target is for the future and I believe I can help them get there."

Sikimić return
Centre-back Sikimić has also put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him in Belgrade until 2010, and joins from French side En Avant Guingamp. The 26-year-old started his career with FK Sartid and also had a spell with FK Mladenovac before moving to Guingamp in 2002/03, going on to make 148 league appearances over five seasons. Both players will start training today with Partizan, whose tie with Zrinjski takes place on 19 July and 2 August.

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