Livingston FC is pleased to announce the signing of French defensive midfielder Djibril Diani on a 6-month-loan deal from Swiss side Grasshopper Club Zurich.
The 22-year-old joined Grasshoppers from RC Lens in December 2018 and has been capped for France at U16 level.
David Martindale said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with Djibril. I have watched countless hours of footage of the player who comes highly recommended via an agent friend in Switzerland who I have a lot of time for and value his opinion.
“Djibril has 7 caps for France at under 16 level and has top flight experience in the Super League in Switzerland. He has played enough football to convince me that he can really push for a place in our starting team on a consistent basis.
“He is an athlete who looks after the ball very well, has a great left foot and can play in numerous positions. He is mobile, has a turn of pace and likes a tackle. He has a great range of passing and that’s one of the main assets that caught my eye initially.
“Djibril comes in on a 6-month loan deal and we have an option to purchase in the summer.
“We are still awaiting international clearance and we will need a work permit for the player before he can play football with us. I’m confident we can get this as the player will add value to our first-team and we have a track record of bringing players from the foreign market who go on to play regularly for the club.
“Financially the foreign market must be one of the main markets that we scout as I feel it gives good value for money in terms of financial output off set with the ability levels of the player scouted.”
Welcome to Livingston FC, Djibril!