Parma have confirmed the signing of Abdou Diakhate on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Fiorentina.
The 20-year-old rose through the ranks at Fiorentina's academy but never had the chance to make his Serie A bow in Stefano Pioli's team.
He joins the Crusaders in his quest for regular playing time and he teams up with countryman Yves Baraye and Cote d'Ivoire winger Gervinho.
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"Parma Calcio 1913 announces the signing of Abdou Diakhate (Dakar, Senegal, 31 December 1998) from ACF Fiorentina. The player has signed a contract running until 30-06-2023," read a club statement.
Parma, placed 12th in the Serie A table with 28 points from 22 outings, are five points adrift of a place in the Europa League playoff spot.
Diakhate was an unused substitute at the Stadio Ennio Tardini as Parma bowed 3-2 to SPAL on Sunday.