Govou returns to France

Striker signs two-year deal with top-flight newcomers

Govou: The striker is looking forward to facing former club Lyon

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Evian have continued their preparations for their first season of top-flight football by confirming the signing of Sidney Govou.

The France striker has agreed a two-year deal as the Ligue 1 newcomers look to secure the firepower to help in a probable relegation battle.

Govou was desperate to return to his homeland after just one unhappy year with Panathinaikos in Greece.

The 31-year-old was previously a member of the Lyon squad which won the Ligue 1 title seven times between 2002 and 2008, and he is looking forward to a reunion.

Govou told Evian's official website: "I'm really happy to be here. I was immediately convinced.

"Of course I checked the date of the match in Lyon on the calendar."