Saint-Etienne have completed the loan signing of Dynamo Kiev defender Benoit Tremoulinas until the end of the season.
The twice-capped France international failed to settle in the Ukrainian capital after arriving from Bordeaux last summer and is delighted to be back in Ligue 1.
“I am very pleased to join Saint-Etienne. This is a club that has a lot of ambition for the end of the season,” Tremoulinas is quoted as saying by his new club's official Twitter profile.
"This is a great challenge for me, both collectively and individually."
The 28-year-old left-back joins Les Verts initially on loan, but it is believed that the deal includes the option of a €4 million permanent transfer in the summer.
With the Ukrainian league still on its winter break, Dynamo haven't been in competitive action since the Champions League group stage ended at the start of December.
However, Tremoulinas does not feel that the lack of match practice will cause him any problems, though he is keen to resume playing.
“Physically, I feel fine," he insisted. "I'm coming from a big winter training camp with Kiev in Spain."