Ligue 1 - Roux leaves Brest for Lille

Wed, 18 Jan 11:04:00 2012

Lille have signed striker Nolan Roux from Brest for €8 million as a possible replacement for Moussa Sow.

FOOTBALL 2011 Brest - Nolan Roux - 0

Roux, 24, has put pen to paper with the Ligue 1 champions for four and a half years.

Sow is currently away on Africa Nations Cup duty with Senegal and has asked for a transfer.

Lille had already lost Gervinho in the summer - he joined Arsenal - and the third prong of their title-winning attack, Eden Hazard, is being linked with big-money moves to Europe's top clubs.

Brest president Michel Guyot said he did not regret preventing a transfer of Roux to Schalke last summer.

“I am at peace with my conscience," he said. "[But] I wondered if I had made a mistake in putting a brake on his career.

"It happened to me as an employee, when I wanted to quit but my boss did not let me go - so I know what I’m talking about.

"I want to thank Nolan. He played a major role in getting us to Ligue 1. We wish him well, but we will put a clause [on his contract] to prevent him from playing against us in April."

Roux has scored four goals this season with Brest standing 11th in the table.

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