Rennes sign free agent Gourcuff

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Ligue 1 club Rennes have beaten reported interest from the likes of Everton and Watford to secure the signature of midfielder Yoann Gourcuff on a one-year deal.

Gourcuff has been without a club since he failed to sign a renewal with Lyon during the summer transfer window and has been struggling with a foot injury.

The former France international had been attracting interest from the Premier League, but Rennes manager Philippe Montanier was always confident they could convince the midfielder to return to his boyhood club.

The news was confirmed by club president Rene Ruello on French radio station RTL on Tuesday.

"Yoann will be a Rennes player this season – for one year," he said.

"At the moment he's recovering from stress fractures, which are genuine and are in a bad place because they're underneath the arch of his foot.

"That will take a bit of time but he's on the right track all the same and is getting better and better. As soon as that problem is sorted out, he'll be on the pitch with us to train and to play.

"He's an intelligent guy who's been well educated and who is a very good footballer.

"We're very happy to have him and so are the squad, who incidentally asked for him to come," Ruello concluded.