Fulham have completed the double signings of Jean-Michael Seri and Maxime Le Marchand from Nice.
The newly-promoted club agreed to meet Ivory Coast international Seri’s release clause, which was understood to expire on Sunday.
Cottagers vice chairman and director of football Tony Khan announced the deal on social media, writing: “I’m delighted to announce that Fulham has signed midfielder Jean-Michael Seri from Nice.
“He’s been at the very top of our target list for a long time. This is a big day for Fulham. We’re ecstatic that Jean-Michael is joining our squad as we return home to the Premier League.”
Seri attracted interest from a host of clubs across Europe this transfer window, but Fulham acted swiftly to secure the 26-year-old’s signature.
Upon signing, Seri said: “It was a long day yesterday so it was great to get the move finalised. Now, I’m ready to get started and looking forward to meeting the squad and getting to know them, the Head Coach and his staff better.
“I’m delighted to be here, it’s a new adventure that starts for me and I’m hoping it will all go well.”
Moments later Fulham announced the signing of left-back Le Marchand, also from Nice.
He added: “I’m very happy to sign for Fulham, this is a big club that’s very popular.
“I’m also happy to have joined up with a good friend, Jean Michael Seri. I know that there is a lot of hard work ahead and I hope to bring my very best to this team.”
Cultured midfielder Seri became the Whites’ first summer signing on Thursday.
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic will no doubt be keen to push on and bring in more players now that the Seri and Le Marchand signings have been confirmed.