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AC Milan have signed the USA international from Belgian side Standard Liege, the club have announced.

AC Milan have completed the shock free transfer signing of Standard Liege centre back Oguchi Onyewu.

The 27-year-old impressed during the recent Confederations Cup for the United States, but it comes as something of a surprise that the Rossoneri have moved to snap him.

"AC Milan would like to inform that they have signed Oguchi Onyewu on a permanent basis from Standard Liege," a statement on the club's official website reads.

The contract is for three years.

Onyewu arrives on a Bosman transfer as his contract at Liege had expired. The 6' 4" centerback  possesses a Belgian passport, and so will not take up Milan's final non-EU slot.

Formerly with Newcastle United, Metz, and La Louviere, he has won 47 caps for the United States, and is expected to fight it out with Thiago Silva for a place alongside Alessandro Nesta in the center of the Milan defense next season.

Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com

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