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 By PA Sport

Metz add striker Cheick Diabate on loan from Osmanlispor

Cheick Diabate, right, is returning to France on loan with Metz.

Metz have reinforced their attacking options with the loan signing of Osmanlispor striker Cheick Diabate until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old Mali international joined the Turkish Super Lig side last year after scoring 50 goals in 129 appearances in an eight-year spell at Ligue 1 rivals Bordeaux.

Diabate moves to the Stade Saint-Symphorien on a six-month deal with an option to purchase.

Diabate scored the winning goal for Les Girondins as they beat Evian to win the Coupe de France in 2013 and he spent loan spells at Ajaccio and Nancy earlier in his career.

A statement on Metz's website read: "Cheick is a great striker who does not allow himself to be easily moved by the opposing defence.

"The contribution of this striker offers an extra dynamic to (coach) Philippe Hinschberger's squad and should be beneficial as part of the group.

"His return to France also shows the will of the club to approach the second part of the season in a spirit of conquest.

"Diabate will carry the number 18 shirt and will be presented to the press this Friday at 16:30. Welcome Cheick!"

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