Fulham have signed French defender Philippe Christanval on a free transfer.

The former Barcelona defender has been searching for a new club since his release by Marseille at the end of last season and had an unsuccessful trial with Arsenal in the summer. Chris Coleman moved quickly to capture the 27 year-old, who has agreed a three-year deal at Craven Cottage.

Coleman said: “I am glad that we have been able to add another new face to the squad to give us the strength in depth that I felt we have been lacking. Philippe’s credentials speak for themselves and I have no doubt that he will prove to be a model professional and a great addition to the squad. We have a great spirit here and a fantastic group of guys, and I have no doubt that if we work hard together, that we can achieve things.”

Christanval, who has won two caps for France, told Fulham’s official website: “I am happy to join Fulham and to play in the Premier League where each match is played at an exciting high tempo. There is a nice atmosphere around the training ground and I am looking forward to working with all of the players and being a big part of Fulham’s future campaigns.”