Official: Sidney Govou signs with promoted Evian after Panathinaikos departure

The 31-year-old striker has returned to France having joined the Ligue 1 debutants after only one season with the Greek outfit
French international Sidney Govou has signed a two-year deal with newly-promoted Evian after only one year at Greek club Panathinaikos.

Govou is reported to have come to an agreement with the Greek club to be released from his contract, which would have otherwise tied the striker to the club for a further two years.

During his time at Panathinaikos, the striker contributed three goals in 24 matches.

Having previously been an integral part of the Lyon squad which won the Ligue 1 title seven times between 2002 and 2008, Govou is excited to have returned home to France.

"I'm really happy to be here. I was immediately convinced," he told Evian's official website.

Govou added: "Of course I checked the date of the match in Lyon on the calendar."

The 31-year-old was warmly welcomed by Evian president Patrick Trotignon and sporting director Pascal Dupraz on Tuesday afternoon at the club's training centre.

"We are very proud and it is an honour for us to host such a player," said Dupraz.

Govou joins the club as the Ligue 1 newcomers look to secure firepower up front for a possible relegation battle in the 2011-12 season.

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