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Blackburn complete Givet signing

Gael Givet
Givet will stay at Ewood Park until 2013

Blackburn have completed a £3.5m deal to permanently sign on-loan Marseille defender Gael Givet.

The 27-year-old, who first joined Rovers on 15 January and went on to make 16 appearances for the club last season, has signed a four-year deal.

Manager Sam Allardyce told BBC Radio Lancashire: "It is a critical signing and there is more to come from him.

"No-one really knew who he was when I brought him in - but I did. He came in and made a massive contribution."

Givet, who has 13 international caps for France, started his career at Monaco before moving to Marseille.

He initially arrived at Rovers as one of Allardyce's first signings after the former Bolton boss was appointed as manager to replace the sacked Paul Ince.

"I used to watch him playing for Monaco and I thought 'this is a good player who has been blown out, for one reason or another, by Marseille'," Allardyce revealed.


Able to play at left-back or in the heart of defence, Givet's versatility gives Allardyce options in a small squad.

However, Allardyce admits he will need to bring more players in ahead of next season, but realises the club has to balance its books.

Rovers earned £21m from the combined sales of Matt Derbyshire and Roque Santa Cruz but a portion of that will go back into central funds to cover losses.

"Some of the money that has been created has gone to the bank and what money is left will come in for new players," added Allardyce.

"You don't need to be a football manager to know what we need first and that is a striker.

"But we do need to strengthen in other areas too, including the young professionals - 21 players have left since I've been here including Aaron Mokoena, Danny Simpson, Carlos Villanueva, Tugay and Roque Santa Cruz."

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