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Fulham have signed the Senegalese World Cup star Papa Bouba Diop from Lens for a fee believed to be in the region of £6m.

Diop, whose goal famously beat France in the opening game of the 2002 World Cup, has signed a four-year contract at Craven Cottage. The defensive midfielder spent three seasons in France with Lens having helped Grasshopper Zurich went the Swiss title previously. The 26 year-old is Fulham’s fourth summer signing after Andy Cole, Tomasz Radzinski and Claus Jensen.

Manager Chris Coleman said:

‘I have already said how important these last few weeks have been to the club in terms of our signings, and I am more than delighted to have been able to secure the services of some quality players. It was important that we made some new additions to the current squad and I am confident that the players we have signed will prove to be great additions. ‘

We have a tremendous team spirit at Fulham and proven playing ability at the highest level, so I am more than looking forward to the start of next season.”