Hibs clinch Bamba coup

Ivory Coast defender joins on three-year deal

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Hibernian have completed the signing of sought-after defender Souleymane Bamba from Dunfermline on a three-year deal.

The Ivory Coast international joined the Scottish Premier League club after passing a medical at Easter Road on Monday.

The towering centre-half has caught the eye since joining the Pars from Paris St Germain in the summer of 2006, making over 40 appearances for the First Division outfit.

The 23-year-old recently helped Ivory Coast to the quarter-finals of the Beijing Olympics and was set to make a £150,000 move to Watford last month but the English Championship side pulled the plug on the deal at the 11th hour.

Coup

Hibs boss Mixu Paatelainen therefore feels the signing of Bamba is a coup for the Edinburgh club.

"I am delighted to be adding Sol to the squad," he told the club's official website.

"He is a player with tremendous pace and physical presence that will most definitely help bolster our defence.

"Sol has been a target for a number of clubs during this transfer window and I'm delighted that given the options open to him, he has chosen to join Hibernian."