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Lille centre-half Nicolas Plestan has moved to Schalke.

Late-movers Schalke, who have already signed Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jose Manuel Jurado earlier today, have also added Nicolas Plestan to their ranks, the club officially announced on its website.

"The games against Aalen and Hamburg have shown that Schalke are not strong in the centre of defence," Schalke coach Felix Magath told Kicker before the transfer.

Plestan, a 29-year old centre-half, joins the German side from Lille, where he has played since 2003. The defender struggled with injuries for most of the 2009-10 campaign but has now recovered, and will provide competition for out-of-form central defender Christoph Metzelder.

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