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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 August 2006, 17:05 GMT 18:05 UK
Magpies offload Boumsong to Juve
Jean Alain Boumsong
Boumsong did not have the best of times at St James' Park
French central defender Jean Alain Boumsong has joined Juventus from Newcastle for 3.3m.

The 26-year-old, who was part of the France 2006 World Cup squad, has agreed to a four-year deal with the club.

Boumsong, who had also been linked with Marseille and Lens, moved from Rangers to Newcastle in January 2005, signing a five-and-a-half-year deal.

Meanwhile, Juventus have also agreed to play a friendly with United at St James' Park next summer.

Boumsong had arrived at Rangers from Auxerre on a free transfer in the summer of 2004 but made only 28 appearances for them before former Magpies boss Graeme Souness took him to Tyneside.

But he proved unpopular among a large proportion of Magpies supporters after turning out a number of poor performances.

This season he found himself behind Craig Moore, Steven Taylor and Titus Bramble in the centre-back pecking order.



SEE ALSO
Hamburg end interest in Boumsong
20 Aug 06 |  Newcastle United
Magpies complete Boumsong signing
02 Jan 05 |  Newcastle United


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