Germain unable to turn down Marseille

Valere Germain has expressed his delight at signing for Marseille, where his father Bruno "wrote a beautiful story".

The 27-year-old former Monaco striker, joined the Rudi Garcia coached side on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee on Monday, 22 years after Germain Senior ended his playing days with the club.

Germain, who scored 10 goals and made a further three as Monaco won Ligue 1 last season, is Garcia's first signing of the off-season – and replaces Bafetimbi Gomis who returned to Swansea after a season on loan.

Speaking to the club's official website, Germain explained how he wanted to emulate his father, who won three successive Ligue 1 titles at the club in his first spell from 1988 to 1991 – before returning for one last season from 1994-95.

He said: "My father had his story here, I want to write my story, I hope it will be as beautiful as his.

"If I had finished my career without playing for l'OM, I would have missed something. I have come for that, to realise my childhood dream.

"I felt that this year was a good time to join l'OM. The project is very well structured, which can become one of the best in Ligue 1. I wanted to be part of it.

"When I knew there was a big interest from l'OM, I did not hesitate for a second, I knew I was making the right choice."

Marseille ended the 2016-17 Ligue 1 season in fifth place while Germain netted a total of 49 goals in 200 league games for Monaco from 2011.