Monaco added to the capture of Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov by signing powerful Tunisia defender Aymen Abdennour right at the end of the January transfer window. Tunisian international Abdennour, 24, signed from Monaco's French Ligue 1 rivals Toulouse, initially on loan but with an option to turn the deal into a permanent four-year agreement in the summer.
"Aymen Abdennour is a very solid defender with a profile that we didn't have in the squad. We have been following him for a long time and so we are very satisfied to have reached a deal with Toulouse to bring him to Monaco," vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told the club's website.
That deal was passed just before the January transfer window slammed shut and came after the announcement that former Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United striker Berbatov had joined until the end of the season from Fulham to cover for the injured Falcao. Falcao suffered a serious knee injury playing in a French Cup tie last month and is set to miss the rest of the season as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil.
After making major waves in the transfer market last summer, Monaco were one of the busiest French clubs again in the January window, although in general Ligue 1 is spared from the chaotic scenes that come on the final day of the window in England.
Monaco had earlier signed Nigerian left-back Elderson Echiejile from Braga in Portugal and giant Ivorian striker Lacina Traore from Anzhi Makhachkala, although the latter was then loaned out to Everton.