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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 July, 2004, 21:58 GMT 22:58 UK
Charlton sign El Karkouri
Talal el Karkouri
El Karkouri is Charlton's fourth summer signing
Charlton have signed Paris St Germain defender Talal el Karkouri on a three-year contract in a 1m deal.

The 27-year-old Moroccan has already played in the Premiership during a brief loan spell with Sunderland in the 2002-2003 season.

El Karkouri, who has 26 international caps, began his career at Raja Casablanca, before moving to PSG.

"I don't see why we can't finish at least in the top five - that's why I'm here," he told Charlton's website.

El Karkouri added: "If you ask any player at this club they will tell you that they want to play in the Champions League.

When you decide to leave PSG after five years you can only play for another big club, and that's what I'm doing
Talal el Karkouri
"I had so many propositions but I chose to come to England. Everton and Feyenoord were interested, as well as a number of French clubs - but Charlton was my number one choice.

"When you decide to leave Paris St Germain after five years you can only play for another big club, and that's what I'm doing.

"I'm 28 and after winning a lot early in my career I want to start doing that again.

"I spoke with Alan Curbishley and he gave me the confidence that Charlton would be a great club to join.

"I had heard a lot of good things about him, and people in Europe know about what he has done at the club.

"He has been here for 12 or 13 years and has achieved a lot with his players, and I hope I will improve here."

El Karkouri follows Dennis Rommedahl and former Birmingham midfielder Bryan Hughes to The Valley this summer.




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