Lorient land Bruno
FC Lorient have finalised the signature of Belgian striker Gianni Bruno, the former Lille, Bastia and Evian hit-man putting pen to paper on a loan deal lasting until the end of the current campaign.
Bruno, 23, has already played for three Ligue 1 clubs and on Thursday the former Belgium youth international landed at his fourth when he opted for a move to FC Lorient on loan from Evian-Thonon-Gaillard. The Belgian is under contract with the Alpine club until June 2018, but apparently no longer figuring in coach Pascal Dupraz's plans for the current campaign, the striker had no hesitation in making the move to Brittany.
Bruno: 'Very happy to join this club'
"When Lorient showed interest in me, I accepted straight away," said the former Lille youth academy star who has made 17 appearances (ten starts) for one goal with Evian this season. "Lorient have a very promising project here and they play a style of football all their own. I'm very happy to join this club. For a striker, it's the ideal club, a club I've always admired for their stylish play and attacking mindset. I think there is a real place for me in this squad and I simply can't wait to play my first game."
Lorient boss Sylvain Ripoll was equally enthusiastic about the club's new face.
Ripoll: 'Unquestionaly a plus'
"Gianni is a player who will bring his combative style to bear for us," said Ripoll. "He's a great reinforcement for our side because he's effective in front of goal and makes great runs. What's more, he's coming here with a lot of motivation and we're counting on him to help us take the second half of the season by the horns. He's already experienced in Ligue 1 and injury free, so he'll be ready to go right away. He is unquestionably a plus for the club."
Bruno could have his first chance to play in front of his new club's fans when Les Merlus take on his former club LOSC Lille in their Week 21 league clash at the Stade du Moustoir on Saturday.