Championship side Barnsley have today confirmed on their official website the signing of Rennes defender Dimitri Cavare on a two-year deal.
The 22-year-old moved to the French side back in 2015 after coming up through the youth ranks at Lens, with whom he then went on to appear 23 times for, in which time he laid on three assists but didn’t find the net.
However, the former France Under-20 international only managed five appearances for Rennes last term, of which only two came in Ligue 1, with a severe knee injury forcing him to miss the vast majority of the last two seasons with the French club.
Yet the talented 22-year-old will pick his career up in England with Paul Heckingbottom’s Barnsley, who have officially confirmed the signing of Cavare on an initial two-year deal, with the option of a further year.
And it’s fair to say that the Tykes chief is thrilled to get a deal done, telling the official website: ‘This is a fantastic deal for the Club and I am delighted have to secured the services of Dimitri.
‘Everything I have seen of him has really impressed me, as well as many other Clubs around Europe.’
These comments are sure to intrigue Barnsley supporters, who saw their club pick up their first win of the Championship season on Tuesday courtesy of a 2-1 success over Nottingham Forest.
And that will surely give Heckingbottom’s men much confidence heading into their Yorkshire derby with Sheffield United on Saturday, which could see Cavare given his debut for the club.
The Verdict: Barnsley conceded nine goals in their first three games of the 2017/18 season, so it was clear that manager Paul Heckingbottom needed some defensive reinforcements before the August 31 deadline.
And he has moved to bring Rennes right-back Dimitri Cavare to Oakwell on a two-year deal, a former France Under-20 international who was restricted by injury to just five appearances for the French club last term, of which only two came in the league.
Yet he has been tracked by Premier League side Huddersfield as well as other clubs around Europe during the summer, so to land him at Barnsley represents quite a coup for Heckingbottom and the Tykes hierarchy.
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