PARIS (AP) – Struggling Saint-Etienne made a smart move on a quiet final day of the French transfer window on Monday by signing experienced striker Anthony Modeste on loan from German club Cologne.
With little money spent in France amid uncertainty following a collapsed TV deal, even ambitious Paris Saint-Germain were on the low side.
The French champion had been linked with a move for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, but a loan for the England international never materialized.
Modeste’s deal with Saint-Etienne does not include an option to buy the Frenchman, whose best season saw him score 25 Bundesliga goals in the 2016-17 season before advancing to the Chinese Super League.
His late father Guy Modeste made an appearance as a defender in the early 1970s for Saint-Etienne, who is 16th in the French league.
PSG did not buy but did loan players: midfielder Bandiougou Fadiga joined Premier League wrestler Brest for the remainder of the season with a buy option included in the deal.
Fadiga, who has made six league appearances with PSG, is valued at around 800,000 euros ($ 965,000). Goalkeeper Marcin Bulka was loaned to Châteauroux in the second division.
Marseille have bolstered their midfield with the loan signing of Olivier Ntcham from Celtic, where he has won the Scottish title in the past three seasons and scored 23 goals in 137 total games. Marseille are said to have an option to buy it for six million euros ($ 7.2 million) at the end of the deal.
Marseille have also sent Serbian winger Nemanja Radonjic to German club Hertha Berlin, with an option to buy him at the end of the season. Radonjic has scored eight goals in 68 games for Marseille.
Nice have bolstered their failing defense by bringing in center-back Jean-Clair Todibo on loan from Barcelona, where his chances have been limited since his arrival two years ago.
Todibo, 21, will team up with William Saliba, 19, who had previously arrived on loan from Premier League club Arsenal.
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