Football: Soccer-Norwich sign French midfielder Lees-Melou from Nice


(Reuters) – Norwich City have signed French midfielder Pierre Lees-Melou on a three-year contract from Ligue 1 team Nice, the newly-promoted Premier League club said on Tuesday.

It did not disclose the financial details of the transfer but British media reported that Norwich had paid around 3.5 million pounds ($4.85 million) for the 28-year-old.

Lees-Melou scored five goals in all competitions for Nice last season and captained the team in 16 games as they finished ninth in the French top flight.

“I’ve heard a lot about how Norwich plays football in the right manner and style and also the club’s spirit and mentality. I love that and that got me very excited,” Lees-Melou said in a club statement

Norwich won the second-tier Championship last season to earn promotion to the Premier League. They begin their league season at home to Liverpool on Aug. 14.

($1 = 0.7217 pounds)

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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