Modeste makes Bordeaux move

Promising striker looking to fill Chamakh's boots

Modeste: New chapter

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Bordeaux have completed their capture of France U21 international striker Anthony Modeste.

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The 22-year-old frontman joins Jean Tigana's side from Nice for a fee believed to be in the region of €3million (£2.5m), although the exact details have not been revealed.

He has penned a four-year contract and admits he cannot wait to get going.

Having scored 20 goals during a loan spell at Ligue 2 outfit Angers last season, Modeste is relishing the opportunity to test himself against the best in the business.

"It is a great challenge," he said.

"Bordeaux are one of the best clubs in France, with great players and a very good coach.

"My dream was to have success at Nice, but things didn't go to plan and I have now turned the page.

"I have not joined Bordeaux to be a substitute, but replacing (Marouane) Chamakh will be difficult. If I can do what he did, that would be great."


Meanwhile, another striker looking to make his mark at Stade Chaban-Delmas this season is David Bellion.

The former Manchester United ace was offered the opportunity to join Nice on loan as part of the Modeste deal, but he is determined to prove his worth to Tigana.

"It is very flattering," Bellion told L'Equipe on Nice's interest.

"However, this season Bordeaux will be playing 4-4-2 and that is a system that could offer me an opportunity.

"I believe I am capable of making the starting XI. I only signed a five-year contract last season.

"I want to prove myself and I am confident I can do that."