Bordeaux in Diarra coup

Bordeaux in Diarra coup
By Eurosport

23/07/2007 at 17:10Updated

Bordeaux have announced the purchase of Lyon midfielder Alou Diarra on a four-year contract for around 7.75 million euros.

France international Diarra, 26, recently returned from Korea after playing in the Peace Cup with the French champions.

Lyon said last week that he would join Les Girondins. He passed a medical on Monday morning at the Stade Chaban-Delmas and was unveiled at a press conference in the afternoon.

Diarra came on as a substitute for Patrick Vieira in the World Cup final last year, which Les Bleus lost on penalties to Italy.

He spent two years with Bayern Munich and three with Liverpool early in his career, but did not make a single appearance for either club. While signed to the Reds, he had loan spells at Le Havre and Bastia. These preceded a move to Lens in 2004, where he spent two seasons.

Having joined Lyon after the World Cup, ostensibly to replace Real Madrid-bound namesake Mahamadou Diarra, he went on to play in only 15 matches.

L'OL won the final of the Peace Cup 1-0 against Premiership club Bolton Wanderers thanks to a goal from Kim Kallstrom.