Saint-Etienne recruits striker Modeste on loan, PSG remains silent
Ailing Saint-Étienne made a smart move on a quiet final day of the French transfer window on Monday by signing experienced striker Anthony Modeste on loan from German club Cologne.
Since the money spent is low in France amidst the uncertainty over the collapse of a televised deal, even the ambitious Paris Saint-Germain was low-key.
The French champion had been linked with a decision by Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, but a loan decision for the England international never materialized.
Saint-Etienne’s Modest deal does not include an option to buy the Frenchman, whose best season saw him score 25 Bundesliga goals in the 2016-17 season before moving on to the Chinese Super League.
His late father Guy Modeste made an appearance as a defender in the early 1970s for Saint-Etienne, 16th in the French championship.
PSG did not buy but did loan players: midfielder Bandiougou Fadiga joined Premier League wrestler Brest for the remainder of the season with a buy option included in the deal.
Fadiga, who has made six league appearances for PSG, is valued at around 800,000 euros ($ 965,000). Goalkeeper Marcin Bulka has been loaned to the Chateauroux second division team.
Marseille have bolstered their midfield with the loan signing of Olivier Ntcham from Celtic, where they have won the Scottish title in the past three seasons and scored 23 goals in 137 total games. Marseille would have an option to buy it for six million euros ($ 7.2 million) at the end of the deal.
Marseille have also sent Serbian winger Nemanja Radonjic to the German side of Hertha Berlin, with an option to buy him at the end of the season. Radonjic has scored eight goals in 68 games for Marseille.
Nice have beefed up their leaky defense by appealing to center-back Jean-Clair Todibo on loan from Barcelona, where his chances have been limited since arriving two years ago.
Todibo, 21, will team up with William Saliba, 19, already on loan from Premier League club Arsenal.
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