Marseille close in on Traore signing
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French giants Marseille looked set to sign UEFA Champions League-winning defender Djimi Traore on Wednesday after they both reached agreement in principle over a contract, according to the club.

The 31-year-old Mali international left-back - a member of the Liverpool side that won the 2005 Champions League in a remarkable comeback against AC Milan - has not played since undergoing knee ligament surgery in December.

Traore, who turned professional with French side Laval in 1997 and also numbers Portsmouth among his former clubs, became a free agent when his contract with relegated Monaco expired in June.