Transfer round-up: Ocampos makes Marseille switch
Monaco's Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos has made the switch to Mediterranean rivals Marseille on loan with an option to buy, while a flurry of activity lit up the transfer window in the days leading to its close. Round-up.
Marseille scored perhaps the biggest - and latest - coup of the winter transfer window when they stitched up a loan deal for Monaco's Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos.
Ocampos raring to go
Ocampos has impressed by turns in the current campaign, but with just seven starts in his 17 appearances for coach Leonardo Jardim, the mercurial wide-man decided to try his luck with south-coast rivals and early-season Ligue 1 leaders Olympique de Marseille.
"I'm happy to join such a big club, a club with such a great history and impressive trophy cabinet. I think I can bring a lot to the team, and to the squad, especially in terms of my finishing," enthused the 20-year-old, who is looking forward to working with OM boss and compatriot Marcelo Bielsa. "He's a great coach. All the players who have worked with him have made significant progress."
The deal comes with an option for OM to buy the player come season's end, a clause that will be enacted automatically should Marseille qualify for next season's Champions League.
Lorient, Evian get busy
Ocampos' departure came just days after Monaco had secured a loan deal for Lorient's Burkina Faso forward Alain Traoré, a similarly mercurial talent but whose predilection is more for the role of central striker, rather than that of wide-man. Traoré joins Monaco until the end of the season, and the principality club has an option to make the move permanent come the end of the season.
Lorient, who signed former Lille and Bastia striker Gianni Bruno earlier in January, also parted ways with Gilles Sunu, the former Arsenal and France U-21 forward signing a definitive move to Evian-Thonon-Gaillard for the next one-and-a-half seasons. Ligue 2 side Dijon's star forward Romain Philippoteaux (seven goals and five assists this season) has been brought in on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
Evian have been struggling up front this term and, in a move to further reinforce their attacking sector, implemented a reciprocal loan deal with Caen that sees midfielder Nicolas Benezet leave the Alpine club for Normandy while Mathieu Duhamel, Caen and Ligue 2's top scorer in season 2013-14 (24 goals), goes the other way for the rest of the season.
Chantôme calls time
Meanwhile Paris Saint-Germain's France international midfielder Clément Chantôme - loaned to Toulouse last season - has called time on almost a decade with the capital club and signed a permanent move to Bordeaux, his one-and-a-half-year deal going through on Thursday before the 27-yer-ols made his debut for Les Girondins in Sunday's 1-1 draw at home to Guingamp.
Lyon midfielder Gaël Danic, similarly looking for more game time, eschewed les Gones for SC Bastia and signed an 18-month deal with the Corsican club on Saturday.