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Argentine striker Cavenaghi joins Bordeaux

TEL AVIV, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Argentine striker Fernando Cavenaghi has joined Girondins Bordeaux from Spartak Moscow on a four-and-a-half year contract, the Russian premier league club has announced.

The 23-year-old, the Russian League's most expensive signing when he joined Spartak from River Plate for a $11.5 million fee in July 2004, never fully settled at the Moscow club.

Cavenaghi scored just nine goals in all competitions for Spartak in 2006 after hitting seven the previous year.

He scored 55 goals in 88 league matches for River Plate, helping them win three 'clausura' championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Although the terms of the Bordeaux deal were kept confidential, Russian media estimated the deal at around $13 million.

Spartak coach Vladimir Fedotov said the move to France should help Cavenaghi.

'He (Cavenaghi) is a very good player and I'm happy for him that he will get a chance to re-start his career,' Fedotov told Reuters at the opening of a six-team invitational tournament in Israel sponsored by Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.

'He just needs to find a club that suits his style of play. He wasn't able to do it in Russia but it was not totally his fault. We have to share the blame as well, so I'm sure he would start scoring goals again, but for Bordeaux.'

Fedotov said Spartak would buy another striker before the transfer window is closed.

'No doubt, we're looking for a top striker and I'm certain will get one soon,' he said.

Top clubs from Russia, Ukraine and Israel -- Spartak, CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk, Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Tel Aviv, will compete for $6 million in prize money over the next 10 days.