Saint-Etienne have announced the signing of Romain Hamouma from relegated Caen for an undisclosed fee.
The midfielder had been linked with Marseille and Bordeaux but he has now penned a four-year contract with Les Verts.
"I am delighted that the negotiations were conducted in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect," Saint-Etienne chief executive Roland Romeyer told his club's official website.
"I am also delighted that a player like Romain, coveted by several top teams, has joined our sports project. This transfer shows that we are an attractive club."
The 25-year-old Hamouma, who scored two goals in 31 Ligue 1 appearances last season, joined Caen from Laval in 2010.