Caen announce Malbranque deal

Caen have continued to add more experience to their squad for the new Ligue 1 season with the signing of veteran midfielder Steed Malbranque.

The versatile 36-year-old is set to join the Normandie outfit on a free transfer when his contract with Lyon expires at the end of this month.

Malbranque is vastly experienced, having started his career at Les Gones before making a move to England in 2001 when he signed for Fulham.

After five seasons at Craven Cottage, the Belgium-born Frenchman left for London rivals Tottenham in 2006, staying for two years before he headed to the north-east at Sunderland.

Malbranque returned to France with Saint-Etienne in 2011 and re-signed for Lyon 12 months later. He made five league starts and a further six outings off the bench in his final season at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

"Our priority is to engage on key positions, we have targeted upstream players experienced in Ligue 1," Caen sporting director Alain Caveglia told the club's official website.

"This is an experienced guy who can play three positions in midfield: six, eight and No.10."

Malbranque has put pen to paper on a one-year deal at Stade Michel d'Ornano and follows hot on the heals of defender Mouhamadou Dabo, who arrived from Troyes on Thursday.

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