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Official: Le Havre confirm Adriano deal

Le Havre have confirmed that they will complete the signing of former Brazil striker Adriano, subject to the player's contract being ratified by the French FA's economic body, the DNGC.

Adriano's agent Claudio Luiz Menezes confirmed in October that his client accepted a proposal from Le Havre president Christophe Maillol ahead of a January switch after visiting the club's facilities in France.

The 32-year-old striker used Twitter to announce the move, wishing Le Havre fans a Merry Christmas.

"A Merry Christmas to my new fans of Le Havre. Very happy to be with you for a new sporting challenge !!!," Adriano wrote on Thursday.

The deal for Adriano cannot be 100 per cent ratified until the takeover of Le Havre is sanctioned and completed.

Prospective new owner Christophe Maillol must confirm the transfer of funds to complete his purchase of the club, and the deal must then be approved by the DNGC, before Adriano's signing can be confirmed.

Adriano is a free agent following his release by Atletico Paranaense in April but Maillol is willing to offer the striker a chance to revive his career, despite only making four league appearances in Brazil since 2012.

He left Roma in 2011 to join Corinthians, where he was limited to just four appearances after rupturing his Achilles tendon within weeks of moving to the club.

Adriano was signed by Flamengo until the end of 2012 after being released but failed to appear in any matches.

The veteran was left without a club for over a year before returning to football at Paranaense in 2014, though his contract was terminated following a three-month spell.

Le Havre are 11th in France's second-tier competition, without a win in five matches.