Lille snap up Gervinho

Le Mans attacking midfielder Gervinho has moved to Lille, the north France club said on Tuesday. The Ivorian international's transfer is said to have cost Lille about €6 million (8.5 million USD).

The 22-year-old spent two years at Le Mans, scoring nine goals in 59 appearances. Lille said Gervinho, whose full name is Gervais Yao Kouassi, had accepted a three-year contract. "In welcoming Gervinho, a top-class acquisition in attack, the club continues its growth and takes a new step towards its European ambitions," read a club statement.

The move by Lille manager Rudi Garcia helps fill the gap left by the €18-million sale earlier this month of Brazilian playmaker Michel Bastos to Lyon.