Round-up: Debuchy, Grenier, Braithwaite make moves
The winter transfer window snapped shut on Wednesday night, but not before a number of last-minute deals were done, including returns to France for Mathieu Debuchy and Martin Braithwaite and Clément Grenier's switch to Guingamp.
Mathieu Debuchy became Saint-Etienne's fifth signing of the transfer window when he put pen to paper on a six-month deal on Wednesday night. The 32 year-old, who has 242 Ligue 1 Conforama matches (16 goals) under his belt, won a Ligue 1-Coupe de France double with LOSC in 2011, and was loaned by Arsenal to Bordeaux for the second half of season 2016-17.
However, following a lack of game time in London in the current campaign, the right-back opted for a permanent move, this time to Les Verts, where he is joined by Oussama Tannane, the Moroccan international whose loan to Las Palmas has ended. Meanwhile, Les Verts have let club-record signing Loïs Diony go to Bristol City FC on loan until the end of the season.
Martin Braithwaite has also made a return to Ligue 1 Conforama, signing a loan deal with Bordeaux until the end of the season. The Denmark international forward has been plying his trade at Middlesbrough in England's second division since leaving Toulouse in the summer, but this move back to France could become permanent should Les Girondins exercise the loan deal's option to buy come the end of the season.
Grenier's EAG shift
Debuchy's fellow France international Clément Grenier has finally made a definitive move away from Olympique Lyonnais, the club from whose youth academy he graduated, signing an 18-month deal with EA Guingamp on a free transfer after a mutual agreement to terminate his OL contract.
The 27-year-old has made just one Ligue 1 Conforama and one Coupe de la Ligue appearance for OL since returning from a loan to AS Roma in the second half of season 2016-17 and has made the move to Brittany looking to fulfill the enormous playmaking potential that has seen him earn five senior France caps after representing his country at every youth level.