Barnsley have beaten off stiff competition from neighbours Doncaster Rovers to land French defender Jean-Yves M’Voto this afternoon, writes Tom Bestwick.
The 24-year-old has penned a two-year contract at Oakwell after his contract with Oldham Athletic expired at the end of last season. The former French youth international has recently been training with Rovers but has opted to move to their Championship rivals.
M’Voto said: “I’m very happy to be in Barnsley now. I heard about the move a couple of days ago. I had a talk with the manager, I like his project and everything he said. I just wanted to come to Barnsley.”
M’Voto began his career at PSG before he crossed the channel to join Sunderland in 2008. He has previously had loan spells at both Southend United and Oldham Athletic. He went on to make 123 appearances for the Latics, including 49 last season.
Paul Dickov, the Doncaster Rovers manager, worked with M’Voto at Boundary Park and has today confirmed: “I made an offer to Jean before we travelled to Portugal but while we were away he said he was going to speak to Barnsley. I explained that if he did, I would not be proceeding with bringing him to the club, as I only want players who are 100% committed to Doncaster Rovers.”
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