Les Verts land African

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St Etienne have snapped up Ivory Coast international Siaka Tiene.

The midfielder has signed a four-year contract with Les Verts and arrives in France from South African side Mamelodi Sundowns.

Tiene was recommended to the Ligue 1 club by compatriot Didier Zokora, who joined St Etienne last summer from Genk.

St Etienne coach Elie Baup ran a personal check on Tiene last week when Ivory Coast played France in a friendly.

Baup was impressed by the 23-year-old and has now added Tiene to his squad, after the player passed a medical.