Traore crosses Liverpool divide to join Everton

27th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

LIVERPOOL, England, Aug 27 (AFP) - French defender Djimi Traore has joined Everton from Merseyside rivals Liverpool in a GPB 1.5 million deal, the two clubs announced on Friday.

LIVERPOOL, England, Aug 27 (AFP) - French defender Djimi Traore has joined Everton from Merseyside rivals Liverpool in a GPB 1.5 million deal, the two clubs announced on Friday.

Traore, 24, failed to make the grade at Liverpool having been signed from French club Laval by former Reds boss Gerard Houllier in 1999.

The lanky, left-footed defender played 75 times for Liverpool but it became clear he had no future at Anfield after Rafael Benitez replaced Houllier as manager in June.

Traore's move will not have been completed in time for him to play for his new club against West Brom on Saturday.

He could however be in line for a place in David Moyes's squad for the trip to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday.

He is the first player to switch from Liverpool to Everton since Gary Ablett made the same move in 1992.

© AFP

Subject: French news

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