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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 January 2007, 18:51 GMT
Algeria's Belhadj moves to Lyon
Nadir Belhadj
Belhadj moves from the French side Sedan

French champions Lyon have signed Algerian defender Nadir Belhadj from rivals Sedan.

Belhadj cost Lyon US$4million and signed a four-and-a-half-year contract.

However, Lyon is loaning him back to Sedan until the end of the season and he will join his new club 1 July.

The 24-year-old Belhadj has played 17 times for Algeria and scored five goals in 84 league games for Sedan.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said Wednesday that the Algerian would make a good addition to the team.

"Nadir Belhadj is an excellent player with big potential," Aulas said.

"He is a player (coach) Gerard Houllier wanted."

Belhadj said he turned down Lens, Lille, Ajax and PSV Eindhoven because "when Lyon make an offer, you can't hesitate for a second."

However, he insisted on helping out Sedan, which is last in the 20-team French league.

"I could not jump ship," he said.

Lyon are the runaway leaders in France with 15 point clear of second-placed Lens.

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