He first came to England when he joined Liverpool as a 19-year-old and spent five years at Anfield, going out on loan to clubs in France and Spain as well as Rangers, where he first crossed paths with McLeish.
Since then he has had a spell at Portsmouth and was also a loan at Southampton.
"I've kept in touch with him and his family and I know he's been bursting over the last couple of years to get back to the top league," said McLeish.
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