MARSEILLE: Marseille have clinched a season-long loan deal for Aston Villa left-back Jordan Amavi, the ambitious Ligue 1 club announced on Thursday.
There will be an option for OM to buy the 23-year-old, who joined Villa from Nice two years ago for around 15 million euros, at the end of the season.
Former Manchester United and Juventus star Patrice Evra is the club's current left-back but at 36 has limited playing time in him.
Amavi struggled with a knee injury in his first season in England as the West-Midlands club were relegated from the Premier League, but impressed last term in the Championship.
"A young age, a strong character and an already impressive career. At the age of 23, Jordan Amavi joined forces with OM to bring his experience and quality," the French outfit said in a statement.
"His ambition led him to our project for the league, and a region he knows perfectly."
The former French Under-21 international had looked set to join La Liga side Sevilla in July, but failed a medical because of his previous knee issues.
He is head coach Rudi Garcia's fifth signing of the close-season, joining forward Valere Germain, defender Adil Rami, goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and midfielder Luiz Gustavo at the Stade Velodrome as Marseille bid to reach the Champions League for the first time since 2013.