Middlesbrough midfielder Didier Digard has completed his loan switch to Ligue 1 outfit Nice with a view to a permanent transfer.
The 23-year-old has sealed a six-month loan move to the Stade Municipal du Ray.
The French side also have the option to make Digard's move permanent at the end of the season, believed to be for a fee of €6million.
The Frenchman moved to Teesside in a protracted £4million switch from Paris St Germain under former boss Gareth Southgate in July 2008.
But injuries have limited him to just 34 appearances and Digard, who is currently on the sidelines once again with a back problem, has found himself out of favour under new Boro boss Gordon Strachan, making just three substitute appearances since the Scot's arrival at the Riverside.
Digard becomes Nice's first recruit of the transfer window and he will now train with his new team-mates on Friday as the club look to climb away from danger in the Ligue 1 table.