Bellion returns to Nice on loan

Much-travelled French striker David Bellion returned to one of his former clubs Nice on loan for the rest of the season today from French First Division rivals Bordeaux.

The 28-year-old - who previously played for Nice from 2006 to 2007 before moving to Bordeaux - was an integral component of the Bordeaux team that won the 2009 title under present France coach Laurent Blanc.

However, the former Sunderland, Manchester United and West Ham United forward has failed to find favour with Blanc's replacement Jean Tigana and he has seen action just twice this term - both times as a substitute.

Bellion, who is under contract with Bordeaux until 2014, scored 12 times in 45 appearances for Nice in his previous spell and should boost an attack that has scored only 14 goals in 19 matches this term. They are also hovering above the relegation zone, five points ahead of third-from-bottom Caen.

Bellion's arrival coincides with the departure of Benin international striker Mickael Pote, the 26-year-old having been loaned to promotion-chasing Second Division outfit Le Mans.