Marseille have completed the signing of Stoke target Stephane Mbia from Rennes.
Marseille have been chasing the Cameroon international all summer and they have beaten off late interest from Stoke to land the player.
Mbia was believed to have held talks with Stoke over a possible move to the Britannia Stadium, but he opted to switch to Stade Velodrome.
The 23-year-old has signed a four-year deal at Marseille after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical
"Mbia has passed the medical tests and signed a four-year contract," said a Marseille spokesman
Mbia is Marseille's third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Lucho Gonzalez and Souleymane Diawara