PSG complete deal for Fenerbahce's Kezman

August 19, 2008

PARIS, August 19 (Ligue 1) - Paris St Germain have completed the protracted signing of Mateja Kezman from Fenerbahce.

The Serbia striker has joined the Ligue 1 club on a season-long loan deal, with a view to penning a two-year contract for a reported fee of four million euros next summer.

PSG declared their interest in the 29-year-old last month and Kezman, who was not a first-team regular at Fenerbahce last season, immediately outlined his desire to move to the capital side.

The two clubs agreed terms earlier this month but only on Monday did the player negotiate his release from Fener, now managed by Spain's Euro 2008-winning coach Luis Aragones.

According to the French media, the hitch is believed to have revolved around the Super Lig outfit wanting Kezman to give back the one million euros signing-on fee he received when he joined the club in 2006.

Kezman, the former PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker who has played 49 times for his country, is the goalscorer PSG have been searching for ever since Pedro Pauleta left the club at the end of last season.

He should partner Guillaume Hoarau, another summer signing, up front this campaign and is expected to make his debut in Saturday's Ligue 1 match against Sochaux in Montbeliard.

PSG captain Claude Makelele, who was Kezman's team-mate during their time together at Chelsea in the 2004/05 season, believes the new recruit will bring a lot of quality to the squad.

'I am delighted that Mateja is joining us,' said the former France midfielder, who moved to PSG earlier this summer. 'Having played alongside him at Chelsea, I can say to you that it is a very good attacker who is coming to PSG.

'As well as his technical qualities, he is a complete player who will integrate well into the squad.'

Kezman, who will wear the number 14 shirt, is PSG coach Paul Le Guen's fifth summer signing, Hoarau, Makelele, Stephane Sessegnon and Ludovic Giuly having also joined.