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NYCFC signs Benin center-back Cedric Hountondji

Cedric Hountondji previously played in Ligue 1 with Rennes.

New York City FC completed the singing of Benin international center-back Cedric Hountondji on Thursday.

The 23-year-old has spent his entire club career in France and comes to Patrick Vieira's side on a free transfer from Ligue 2's GFC Ajaccio.

"Cedric is a strong player who is dominant aerially and physically, he is excellent in one-v-one situations and is calm on the ball as well," Vieira said in a statement. "We were looking to strengthen our back four and Cedric is someone we...

Atletico Madrid sell stake in Lens a year on from their investment

Raf Honigstein still expects Antoine Griezmann to join Barcelona this summer even after the club were reported for illegally approaching the Atletico Madrid forward.

Atletico Madrid have sold their share in Ligue 2 side Lens just 12 months after making the investment.

Atletico bought 34.6 percent of Lens in July 2016, in a move overseen by the French bankruptcy courts, which also saw Luxembourg-based company Solferino become majority shareholders at a club which had been through the financial mill in recent years.

The 18 months since have seen little public connection between the two clubs, and Atletico have now announced that they have sold their share to Solferino...

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Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny planning Lorient return - president Loic Frey

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny wants to finish his career at his former club Lorient, the French club's president has told Canal +.

Koscielny, 32, is under contract at the Emirates Stadium until 2020, but Loic Frey said the France international had told him he wanted to return to his homeland before retiring.

The France international has been with the Gunners since leaving Lorient in 2010, and Frey said: "He told me last week in London that he wanted to finish his career at Lorient.

"I hope...

Lens' Nicolas Douchez arrested and faces drunken violence charge

Nicolas Douchez was arrested early Thursday morning.

Lens goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez was taken into police custody on Thursday for suspected drunken violence against a girlfriend.

Le Parisien reported the alleged victim was found naked, bruised and bloody in a Paris apartment, and that Douchez, 37, reeked of alcohol when police detained him.

A police official and a judicial official confirmed Douchez's detention. The judicial official said the victim was Douchez's girlfriend.

Douchez, who once starred for Rennes before playing sparingly for Paris...

Ligue 2: Five African players to watch this season

Ahead of the French second tier kick-off this weekend, KweséESPN profile five top African talents to watch this season.

Waris Majeed is surely the most high-profile player in Ligue 2, although it remains to be seen whether he will still be with FC Lorient for too much longer.

The Ghana international was linked with a move to Manchester United as recently as 2015, although while he remains a lethal striker on his day, his career trajectory hasn't followed the pathway that many would have expected.