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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 July, 2003, 12:44 GMT 13:44 UK
Camara joins Leeds
Zoumana Camara
Camara has played once for France
Leeds have signed central defender Zoumana Camara from French side Lens on a year-long loan deal.

The Elland Road club also have an option to buy the 24-year-old, who has played in France for St Etienne, Olympique Marseille and Lens, and in Italy for Empoli and Inter Milan.

"I was going to stay with Lens but Leeds told me they wanted me and made an offer to Lens," said Camara.

"The French directors told me I could chose and I am very happy to come to England. I know I will be a winner.

"I think I will be in the first-team otherwise I would not have come here."

"I have been in Leeds since Friday, I visited the facilities and the Elland Road stadium is fantastic," added Camara.

He is set to be unveiled as the club's second summer arrival along with midfielder Jody Morris on Tuesday.

Camara started his career at St Etienne and earned a move to Inter Milan, but failed to make a single appearance for the San Siro club.

After a spell on loan with Empoli, Camara returned to France with Bastia before joining Marseille in May 2000.

While at Marseille Camara earned his only international call-up to the France squad, playing in a 1-0 Confederations Cup defeat to Australia.

Lens snapped up Camara 18 months ago in a swap deal involving striker Lamine Sakho.

He made 14 appearances in an injury-hit campaign last season in the Lens side that finished eighth in the French league.


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