Ligue 1 outfit Rennes have announced that Jean Makoun has linked up with them on a season-long loan deal from Aston Villa.
The Cameroon international has struggled for game time at Villa since making a move to England in January 2011.
He spent the 2011/12 campaign with Greek side Olympiakos after being deemed surplus to requirement.
Paul Lambert has decided that Makoun is free to head elsewhere once again, with the 29-year-old allowed to return to France where he has previously turned out for Lille and Lyon.
The agreement to take him to Rennes includes the option for the move to be made permanent next summer.
General manager Pierre Dreossi told Rennes' official website: "We were looking for a player with experience.
"I know Jean well because I took him to Lille (in 2001).
"I followed him in Greece last year and he had a good season with Olympiakos in the Champions League and Europa League."