Monaco capture Camel
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Monaco have completed their swoop for Bordeaux playmaker Camel Meriem.Monaco have completed their swoop for Bordeaux playmaker Camel Meriem.
The France international had been expected to leave Les Girondins over the summer and was strongly linked with a move to Sevilla.
Meriem downplayed talk of a switch to Spain and has now opted to stay in France by signing for Monaco.
The Principality club moved for the 25-year-old after abandoning their plans to sign Dutch international Andy van der Meyde from Internazionale.
Bordeaux rejected Monaco's initial offer over the weekend, but have now relented to accept a fee in the region of é¼6.5 million.
The schemer is due to sign his contract with Monaco on Tuesday and is delighted to be linking up with Didier Deschamps's side.
"Monaco was my first choice," commented Meriem.
"Like the club, I am very ambitious. I aim to make the 2006 World Cup.
"I hope to play in my preferred position, but I am versatile and I know I will adapt."
Meriem spent three years with Bordeaux, although he played for Marseille on loan during the 2003/04 campaign.