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Wednesday, 7 June, 2000, 22:10 GMT 23:10 UK
Reds swoop for Diomede
Diomede
Diomede: Eight international caps
Liverpool have completed the signing of Auxerre winger Bernard Diomede for a fee of 3m.

The 26-year-old French World Cup star passed a medical and signed a three-year deal with the Anfield club after falling out of favour with his club side.

Houllier was a technical director for France two years ago and has been an admirer of the winger ever since.

Diomede said: "I am very happy to join a club with a French coach who I respect and know well.

Place

"I had been told that Liverpool wasn't nicest of places to move to, but I have seen the city and have found the people and the place very nice and I know I will settle down well there.

"I could have gone to other clubs and earned more money, but my priority is my football and to get back into the national team, and I feel that playing for Liverpool and a coach I know will help me do that."

Diomede will be Houllier's fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Markus Babbel, Pegguy Arphexad and Gary McAllister.

The Frenchman, who has fallen out of favour with French coach Roger Lemerre, has won eight caps for France.

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