Fulham have confirmed that they have won the race to sign Jean Michael Seri from Nice.
The combatant midfielder had hoped for a big club move but, instead, the London side have succeeded in capturing a player who had courted interest from both Arsenal, Napoli, Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea previously.
While no figure for the deal has been officially released but Mbarara News understands that the deal will cost the Cottagers around €30 million (£26.5m/$35m).
The Ivory Coast international has arrived on a four-year deal with the option of one more, subject to him receiving a work permit.
After making 103 appearances in France’s top flight, scoring 12 goals and creating 23 more, he is looking forward to the challenge of playing in England.
“It was a long day yesterday so it was great to get the move finalised,” he told the club’s official website.
“Now, I’m ready to get started and looking forward to meeting the squad and getting to know them, the Head Coach and his staff better.
“I’m delighted to be here, it’s a new adventure that starts for me and I’m hoping it will all go well.”
Club owner Tony Khan believes the arrival of Seri marks a watershed moment for the side, who won promotion into the Premier League last term.
“Jean Michael arrives with Premier League qualities as well as great promise for the future, which is why he has been at the very top of our target list for a long time,” he said.