Le Tallec joins Les Verts

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French side St Etienne have won the race to take Liverpool youngster Anthony Le Tallec on loan for the coming season.

New Reds boss Rafa Benitez had decided against including the 19-year-old is his plans for the season, and thought he would be better served by a loan move.

Big things are still expected of Le Tallec but a season of regular action in the French top-flight is seen as more beneficial than the odd appearance off the bench at Anfield.

Several clubs were looking to secure the services of the France Under-21 international, but Lens and Sochaux have lost out to St Etienne.

The Ligue 1 newcomers are looking to cement their status in the top flight once again and Les Verts have promised the youngster some regular action.

"I wanted people to see me and to be able to play for an entire season," said Le Tallec.

"I think at St Etienne, I will have the chance to do that."

Le Tallec has previously been on loan at Le Havre after The Reds bought him in 2002, but he did break into Gerard Houllier's first team last season, making 23 appearances.

He will now be hoping to impress the new boss Benitez by starring for his new club this season.