DUNFERMLINE have completed a deal to make Raith Rovers defender Jean Yves-M'Voto their first new signing of the summer.
In today's Press Sport, we revealed that the Pars were due to sign the 28-year-old former Paris St Germain youth player on a one-year deal if he came through a medical.
That took place last night (Wednesday) after we went to print and the procedure was successful, meaning the player's move was confirmed by the club later in the evening.
It means he joins a squad that has been bolstered this week by Kallum Higginbotham and Callum Morris both agreeing fresh terms to stay with the club.
Higginbotham joined Morris yesterday (Wednesday) in extending his spell at East End until the end of next season on what proved to be a busy day for manager Allan Johnston, who is delighted with the capture of a player who has impressed him despite Rovers' relegation to League One.
Former France under-19 international M'Voto joined the Kirkcaldy club last summer after a short spell in Poland but has spent the majority of his career in England since joining Sunderland in 2008, whose then manager Roy Keane hailed him as a "strong centre back" and "one for the future".
His two-year spell on Wearside, however, failed to work out and he played for Southend United, Oldham Athletic, Barnsley and Leyton Orient down south before switching to Zawisza Bydgoszcz last January.
M’Voto made 41 appearances for Raith as their season ended in Saturday’s dramatic play-off semi-final defeat to Brechin City but, speaking to Press Sport ahead of the move being finalised, Johnston said: “He’s someone who’s impressed us over the course of the season. He’s a defender first and foremost and is very good in the air, has got a lot of experience and has played at a good level.
“We’ve had our eye on him for a wee while. He’s done well this year and has probably been one of the best centre halves in the league. It gives us the option if we want to go with three centre halves and the flexibility to play different systems.”
If M’Voto successfully comes through his medical it will represent a good week for Johnston having tied up Morris and Higginbotham.
He added: “We’re delighted. They’re two good signings and hopefully there will be more to come. We’re probably ahead of schedule in getting players tied up but, with the quality we’re bringing in, so far I’m happy.”
We will have an interview with M'Voto in next week's Press Sport.