Transfer news

OM reach Mendy agreement

July 9, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Marseille have reached an agreement to sign Benjamin Mendy from Le Havre, dashing Sunderland's hopes of bringing the highly-rated defender across the Channel.

Benjamin Mendy
GettyImagesMendy had been a target for Sunderland.

Left-back Mendy, 18, who featured in 57 Ligue 2 games for Le Havre over the last two seasons, visited the Premier League club after a €3.5 million fee had been agreed earlier this month.

The Normandy club's chairman, Jean-Pierre Louvel, said last weekend in an interview with lequipe.fr that Marseille would have to match the Black Cats' offer if they were to acquire Mendy.

However, having seen El-Hadji Ba move to the Stadium of Light on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract earlier this summer, Louvel was determined not to miss out on a fee for Mendy, who has a year left on his deal and has often said he would like to join OM.

L'Equipe said an agreement had now been struck, with a reported fee of €2-3 million settled on. Mendy declared on his Twitter account that he was "officially Marseillais" on Monday after training with Elie Baup's men at their Swiss pre-season camp.

The France Under-19 international, who should sign a four-year contract at the Stade Velodrome, is likely to be presented to the media on Wednesday.