Ajax striker Sigthorsson signs for Nantes
FC Nantes have announced the signature of striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, the Iceland international arriving on a five-year, €3m deal from Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam.
After signing Adrien Thomasson (Evian), Wilfried Moimbé (Brest) and Adryan (Flamengo), Nantes boss Michel Der Zakarian continued his recruitment drive with the capture of Iceland international Sigthorsson on Thursday. The 1.86m striker, a former Iceland youth international and now the country's joint second-top scorer of all time (17 goals), scored seven times as Ajax clinched second place in the Eredivisie last season but is now looking forward to making a name for himself with Les Canaris in France.
"I couldn't wait to finalise my transfer," Sigthorsson told his new club's official website. "The project here is very attractive and I know that the fans are amazing and that the club has a family atmosphere. It's a great opportunity for me, and a great feeling. It's what I've wanted since I came to visit the training facilities two weeks ago along with the president (Waldemar Kita) and his son Franck. The plans and the progress being made here are impressive; the challenge of taking the club back to the top of the league is one that really appeals to me. It's a big club, with a storied past."
As for how the Icelander plans to help Les Canaris, there is little doubt in Sigthorsson's mind about what he does best.
"I'm a pure number nine, always chasing the ball," he explained. "I work mainly in the box and I love to get on the end of crosses. Physically, I'm solid and I fight hard for the team. More than anything I like playing in a team where the lads fight hard for each other."