Lyon sign Croatian defender Lovren

Lyon have signed defender Dejan Lovren from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb, with the former French champions seeking to plug the back-four leaks which have hampered their campaign.

"Starting from today, Dejan Lovren is officially a Lyon player having signed a contract with the club," said a Dinamo statement.

The 20-year-old joins a Lyon side who are sixth in Ligue 1, 13 points behind leaders Bordeaux, and also have the top ten's worst defensive record.