Four new signings for Lorient
By Laurent Picard. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Newly-promoted Lorient have added four new players to their squad for the fast-approaching Ligue 1 season.
Former Ipswich Town midfielder Ulrich Le Pen has returned to Le Moustoir, after spending the majority of his career at Strasbourg.
Strasbourg were relegated from the top flight last term though, and the player is overjoyed at the challenge which lies ahead with his new club.
"Lorient has always been my club. I am so happy to come back home, I can't explain it," Le Pen told the club's official website.
"It is going to be very hard for us to stay in Ligue 1, but we will fight with our heart.
"Other players have joined the club, I am sure they are good options."
Fabrice Abriel, Nicolas Anelka's best friend, is another midfielder to have joined the club, this time from Guingamp.
Angers goalkeeper Lionel Cappone makes it three, and marksman David M'bodji has also been added from Creteil.
M'bodji scored 15 times in Ligue 2 last season, and Lorient will be hoping the Senegal-born striker can carry his prolific record on, in the French top-flight.