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Oldham Athletic secure defender Jean Yves Mvoto

Jean-Yves Mvoto
Mvoto is a former France Under-19s international

Oldham Athletic have signed centre-back Jean Yves Mvoto on a two-year contract.

The 22-year-old was released by Sunderland in the summer after spending last season on loan at Boundary Park.

"This signing shows our intent because Jean was one of the best, if not the best, central defenders in our division last season," said manager Paul Dickov.

"Jean has shown a big commitment as he could have made more money going elsewhere. He had more lucrative offers from big clubs here and in France."

The Frenchman joined Sunderland from Paris St-Germain in January 2008 for an undisclosed fee, but failed to make a first-team appearance at the Stadium of Light.

He joined the Latics with fellow countryman Oumare Tounkara on a season-long loan deal and went onto make 30 appearances, scoring twice.

"Jean enjoyed last season here and the fans, office staff, management and players love him," Dickov told the club website.

"He also believes in what we are trying to achieve and buys into that. When we told him about our plans he wanted to sign."

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